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  Cyberfret.com: Guitar Scales - The Blues Scale
Below is a basic minor pentatonic scale form, and then that same form with the addition of the "blue note".....appropriately colored...blue.
But when playing a blues scale on the guitar you are going to play more than just 6 notes.
Below are the names of all of the notes in a basic C blues scale form.
www.cyberfret.com /scales/blues   (268 words)

  Blues - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Blues is sometimes danced as an informal type of swing dancing with no fixed patterns and a heavy focus on connection, sensuality and improvisation, often with body contact.
One kind of early 1940s urban blues was the jump blues, a style heavily influenced by big band music and characterized by the use of the guitar in the rhythm section, a jazzy, up-tempo sound, declamatory vocals and the use of the saxophone or other brass instruments.
Another important style of 1940s urban blues was boogie-woogie, a style characterized by a regular bass figure, an ostinato and the most familiar example of shifts of level, in the left hand which elaborates on each chord and trills and decorations from the right hand.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blues   (4004 words)

 Welcome to Mel Bay's Harmonica Sessions® Web Magazine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Blues Scale #2 incorporates two notes from the major scale that are commonly used in blues soloing, which makes this scale a more complete picture of blues soloing.
Blues is traditionally developed by listening to the masters, copying the masters, and trying to use what the masters used in our solos to speak the language of the blues.
Blues came first; the blues scale came after to help students maneuver on their instrument using the most common notes played in blues.
www.harmonicasessions.com /jun03/featured.html   (1326 words)

 The Harp Reference: Playing Blues
Blues can also be played in 1st position, where the key of the harp is the same as the key of the music.
The high end of the harp is expecially good for blues in 1st position because all the notes in the blues scale are available with only normal bends.
The 6 overblow is needed to complete the blues scale in the middle octave, but that note is the flat 5th, which is the least important note of the blues scale.
www.angelfire.com /tx/myquill/PlayingBlues.html   (1230 words)

 Untitled Document
The sound is based on the Blue Note, or a slight drop of pitch on the third, seventh, and sometimes the fifth tone of the scale.
The Blues Scale is typically a diatonic major scale incorporating a flat or bent 3rd, a flat or bent 7th and sometimes a flat or bent 5th to approximate melodic notes that originated in African work songs.
Any improvisation in blues music is done using primarily the notes in the basic chords themselves and the addition of the blue notes.
www.music.vt.edu /musicdictionary/appendix/blues/Bluesprogression.html   (520 words)

 TBH, A Brief History
Alan Lomax states that the blues tradition was considered to be a masculine discipline (although some of the first blues songs heard by whites were sung by 'lady' blues singers like Mamie Smith and Bessie Smith) and not many fl women were to be found singing the blues in the juke-joints.
Blues lyrics are often intensely personal, frequently contain sexual references and often deal with the pain of betrayal, desertion, and unrequited love (Kamien 519) or with unhappy situations such as being jobless, hungry, broke, away from home, lonely, or downhearted because of an unfaithful lover.
Therefore, these purists maintain that many melodies with the word "blues" in the title, and which are often spoken of as being the blues, are not the blues because their melodies lack this particular basic blues harmonic construction.
thebluehighway.com /history.html   (2139 words)

 12 Bar Blues Chords
This alteration of the 3rd note of the tonic scale from major on the I chord to minor as it becomes the 7th of the IV chord is extremely useful when composing or improvising any type of blues.
This scale can be used over all the chords of a basic 12 bar blues sequence, so in the key of C a C blues scale can be used over the F7 and G7 as well as the tonic chord.
The secret of convincing use of the blues scale is to add a major 3rd (ex 12h) or combine it with a scale which is commonly used in rhythm and blues, swing or jump music.
www.petethomas.co.uk /12-bar-blues-chords.html   (1101 words)

 The Blues . Blues Classroom . Lesson Plans . Playing the Blues | PBS
Show, via overhead projector or handout, the notes in a blues scale: the root (1), the flat 3rd (b3), the 4th (4), the flat 5th (b5), the 5th (5), the flat 7th (b7), and the octave (8).
Inform students that the blues scale is used to construct melody, which is created through variations on the order in which the blues scale pitches are played.
In addition to the blues scale and the melodies related to it, the use of a particular harmonic or chord pattern identifies the blues.
www.pbs.org /theblues/classroom/defplaying.html   (2132 words)

 Blues-The Backbone of Jazz   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The blues has often been called "the most important ingredient in American music." It has been used by many composers including George Gershwin, and elements of the blues are used in nearly everything that jazz musicians play or sing.
Blues is primarily a vocal form of music with instrumental accompaniment (unlike ragtime, which is purely instrumental).
The blue note on the 3rd, 5th, and 7th, also was not always completely flatted, but often performed somewhere in the middle between the "regular" note of the major scale and the "flatted" note.
www.wpsweb.com /performingarts/BrownBagJazz/blues.htm   (1049 words)

 CyberfretBass.com: Bass Scales - The Blues Scale
Below is a basic minor pentatonic scale form, and then that same form with the addition of the "blue note".....appropriately colored...blue.
But when playing a blues scale on the electric bass you are going to play more than just 6 notes.
Below are the names of all of the note in a basic C blues scale form.
www.cyberfretbass.com /scales/blues/index.php   (232 words)

 ChordWizard How Music Works   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Blues music has a solid but plaintive sound which results from the use of a minor-based scale over the top of major-based chords (usually dominant sevenths).
In the C Blues scale, for example, the note Eb is often played slightly sharp, somewhere between Eb and E. The notes G and Bb are also sometimes played slightly off their expected pitch.
There are a several standard chord progressions in blues music, and they all use dominant seventh chords based on the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the Major scale.
www.chordwizard.com /hmw406.asp   (405 words)

 Guitar Scales, The Blues Scale
Of all the guitar scales, the pentatonic scale and the blues scale are probably the most often used.
Even though I said the blues scale is an entirely new scale, it is easier to relate it to the pentatonic scale and just add the extra note.
The first one is the pentatonic scale and the second one is the blues scale.
www.learn-guitar-online.com /guitarscales.html   (467 words)

 Lessons in the Blues, Solo Guitar score with tab
The blues scale is derived from a form of pentatonic, (five tone), scale.
Because the blues is the foundation for many styles of music, and its theme of hardship is common throughout society, people of varying backgrounds find solace at its table.
Includes simple first position blues scales needed for soloing (both fingerpicking and flatpicking) in the keys of E,G, and C. Songs and solos are presented in standard notation and tablature with lyrics.
sologuitarist.net /blues.html   (1441 words)

 Brad's Page of Steel
The important thing is to use the scale with the same root name as the key you're playing in.
The "blues scale" let's you play one scale over the entire chord progression with virtually no chance of hitting any "clunker" notes.
The flat 3rd, flat 5th, and flat 7th are the "blue" notes that give this scale its characteristic sound.
www.well.com /user/wellvis/blues.html   (770 words)

 Dolmetsch Online - Music Theory Online - Notes, Harmonies & Scales
For example, the mode on the second degree of the minor harmonic scale, the Dorian 2b 5b, is similar to the Dorian mode in the major scale that carries the same root, where the second (2b) and the fifth degrees (5b) are lowered by a half-step.
The blues scale is neither a minor nor a major scale but the internal dissonances provide the 'colour' that one associates with blues music - the 'blue' notes are the minor third and the 'flat five'.
In the melodic minor scale the 6th and 7th degrees of the diatonic aeolian mode are sharpened; in the melodic major scale the 6th and 7th degrees of the diatonic major scale are flattened
www.dolmetsch.com /musictheory25.htm   (6872 words)

 blues scale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
Memorize the blues scale that is appropriate for your instrument.
The first scale to learn is the G minor blues scale and the book then goes through other scales so the player can eventually play a standard blues sequence in 2 keys.
The subject of blues guitar is completely addressed: history, rhythms, major degrees used in the blues, the blues scale, the major pentatonic, the rhythm figure, and don't forget Chapter 16: Fifty...
www.scalesale.com /bluesscale   (1049 words)

 Lesson 28: The Blues Scale
The Blues Scale is derived from the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
It is the only difference between the Blues Scale and the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
As always, commit the pattern to memory because we will be using the Pentatonic Scale, the Blues Scale, and the Mixolydian Mode in the next lesson.
www.personal.psu.edu /users/f/p/fpm108/glw/lessons/lesson28.htm   (107 words)

 The pentatonic scale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
2 types of pentatonic scales are found: the major pentatonic and the minor pentatonic.
The minor pentatonic is based on the minor scale.
A minor pentatonic A C D E G (A) I II III IV VI The major pentatonic is based on the major scale.
www.geocities.com /SunsetStrip/Stadium/9615/scale_p.html   (169 words)

 Blues Scale
This scale can be played anywhere on the neck and requires no knowledge of music theory.
For example, to jam in the key of G Major begin the scale at fret 3.
To jam in the key of A Major simply move the whole scale pattern to fret 5.
www.ocmusic.com /blues.htm   (184 words)

 The Melody and Blues Scale : Lesson by Olav Torvund
The interval between notes I and III determines if it is major or minor scale: A major third, consisting of two whole steps (four frets) between the I and III notes gives major, and a minor third with one whole and one half step (three frets) between notes I and III gives minor.
For that reason, blues does not have a very well established tonality, and that is part of the blues-sound.
Now you can notice that both the VII note and the II note are omitted from the blues scale, but are still part of the blues-harmony.
www.guitarnoise.com /article.php?id=305   (927 words)

 Basic Blues. Part 2 - Blues Scale | Lessons @ Ultimate-Guitar.Com
The interval between notes I and III determines if it is major or minor scale: A major third, consisting of two whole steps (four frets) between the I and III notes gives major, and a minor third with one whole and one half step (three frets) between notes I and III gives minor.
For that reason, blues does not have a very well established tonality, and that is part of the blues-sound.
You should also note the VIIb in the blues scale, compared to the VII in the major scale.
www.ultimate-guitar.com /lessons/music_styles/basic_blues_part_2_-_blues_scale.html   (1276 words)

 Music Theory: Jazz Scales: Blues And Bebop Scales: Blues Scale
It combines elements of the major scale with the blue notes of the music of the slaves and their descendents.
This is partly due to the unique sound of the scale, and also partly due to the fact that the scale has only six different notes rather than the usual seven.
The use of the blues scale can be compared with the use of a strong spice.
www.outsideshore.com /school/music/almanac/html/Music_Theory/Jazz_Scales/Blues_And_Bebop_Scales/Blues_Scale.htm   (498 words)

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However for the minor blues scale to be of use to you as a musician you need to be familiar with its structure and how to play the scale in several positions on the guitar neck.
Practicing the Scale Available on the website are mp3 recordings of the A minor blue scale and D minor blues scale.
The A minor blues is an example of the scale starting with the root of the 6th string (5th fret) and the D minor blues is an example of the scale starting with the root of the 5th string (5th fret).
www.freewebs.com /shadowdragons/Resources/blues.doc   (299 words)

 iBreatheMusic Forums - what chord progression over an 'f' blues scale
I'm working on the 'F' blues scale and I've recorded some simple 12 bar blues patterns to play along with but I'm confused about something so maybe my limited knowledge of music theory is messing me up.
The other nice thing about the blues scale is you can bend notes, usually the M3, M6 and M7 are played by bending from the m3 the P5 and the m7.
A typical blues progression: (I'll do it in F) (Each chord falls on a downbeat of beat 1 or beat 3, the hyphens in between represent the remaining beats; also the minor chords should be interpreted as minor 7th chords, but for the sake of space I have shown them as minor only)...
www.ibreathemusic.com /forums/showthread.php?p=807   (1135 words)

 Blues Harp Scale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
There is much discussion over what exactly is a blues scale.
This note is the heart of the blues and can vary from unbent (for a major country and western music sound) to more than a half step for a dark minor sounding blues.
There are some blues notes above the 6 hole blow, but I not fond of the sound of them.
www.harptab.com /blues/scale.shtml   (207 words)

 Blues Scale at Musiclearning.Com.
The Blues scale is a minor pentatonic scale with an extra note.
Blues Lesson - 12 Bar Blues in A with jam tracks to use your A blues scale to solo over.
One String Blues Fun - Crazy riff using E blues scale on your high E string.
www.musiclearning.com /lessoncentral/scales/bluesscale.html   (115 words)

 Jazz Bulletin Board - Blues question
Short answer: just avoid that A flat in the F blues scale during the Cm chord and you'll be okay.
The transposition of the concept "C blues with F-7" is "G blues with C-7", not "F blues with C-7".
So unless I misunderstand what you're saying, if you like C blues over F-7, then for any minor seventh chord, play the blues scale built on the 5th of the minor seventh chord (unless this clashes with the function of the chord in the changes or whatever harmonic or melodic objectives you might have).
forums.allaboutjazz.com /printthread.php?t=7165   (1303 words)

 Blues Scale in E   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-04)
The blues pentatonic scale is formed from the minor scale by dropping the 2nd and 6th tones of the minor scale.
The Pythagorean scale (also pentatonic) is built from the major key by dropping the 3rd and 7th scale tones.
Therefore, the notes in the E blues scale also comprise the D Pythagorean scale, if you begin on D. Pythagoras is a very interesting guy.
www.g7music.net /cgi-bin/show_score.pl?scoreid=59107   (223 words)

 Guitar Tricks - A min Pentatonic blues Scale?
Looks like an E blues scale to me. I just don't know what that Ab is doing in there.
If it was a true E blues pentatonic, the first line would be --0-3--, instead of the --0-4--.
Blues scales have six notes, that would make it a hexatonic scale.
www.guitartricks.com /forum/showthread.php?t=4977   (389 words)

 Harping! Lessons - Blues Harmonica Quick Start
For blues the chords are usually dominant 7th (G7) and major chords, and the blues scale fits on both.
And now the long awaited blues scale: it is much like the minor pentatonic scale: 1 3b 4 5b 5 7b 8 (or 1 3b 4 4# 5 7b 8), the only difference with the minor pentatonic scale is one new note, the 5b (or 4#).
For the G blues scale we have: G Bb C C# D F G. And the two unavailable notes are found on a C harp through bending, you get Bb bending a half tone the 3rd draw hole, and the C# bending a the 4th draw hole.
www.harpingmidi.com /hlessons.html   (2618 words)

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