blues guitar scale

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Greetings guitar guys and gals, Darrin Goodman here with another mini guitar lesson, today I’m going to be talking about the blues guitar scale.

The blues scale is actually just a modified pentatonic scale, so let’s start with that first. The pentatonic scale is a five tone musical scale that is found all over the world and is used in many different styles and genres of music today including; rock, blues, metal, and country. The scale is a modified major scale and consists of the following intervals; perfect first, minor third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth, and minor seventh. Here is an example of a minor pentatonic scale that I recommend you learn if you don’t already know it.

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Now to make this into the blues scale you simply add a diminished fifth to it, which will add a chromatic segment to the scale. When you play a lick and add that flat five into it, it just screams the blues. Here is an example of how to add the blue note to the pentatonic scale.

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Another cool thing you can do with this scale that will give it a cool bluesy sound, as well as kind of a country sound, is to use the major third along with the minor third. Here is a lesson I did on this.

Blues Guitar Lesson

Well that’s all for me for now. I hope that you found this helpful.

 

Later,
Darrin