Minor Blues

Minor Blues

Essential Scale #1: The Minor Blues Scale
The Minor Blues scale is a six note scale that has the following scale degrees…

1 b3 4 b5 5 b7

So what does this mean? The above formula tells us what we need to do to the major scale, in order to create the minor blues scale. Let’s look at an example to make this clearer…

If we wanted to work out the notes of the A Minor Blues scale, we would do the following…

Step 1: Write out the notes and scale degrees of the A Major scale…

This would give us…

A B C# D E F# G#
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Step 2: Remove the 2 and 6 from the A Major scale…

We have to do this because the formula of the A Minor Blues scale doesn’t contain a 2 or 6. Removing these two scale degrees would give us this…

A C# D E G#
1 3 4 5 7

Step 3: Add a b5 and Flatten the 3 and 7 of the A Major scale…

This would give us…

A C D Eb E G
1 b3 4 b5 5 b7

These are the notes and scale degrees of the A Minor Blues Scale.

ACTION STEPS: Now that you understand how the notes of the A Minor Blues scale are formed, please do the following…

Memorize both the note names and scale degrees of the A Minor Blues scale.
Make up at least five useful scale fingerings for it.
Essential Scale #2: The Major Blues Scale
This is another six note guitar scale used in blues guitar improvisation that has the following formula…

1 2 b3 3 5 6

Let’s go through an example by working out the notes of the A Minor Blues scale…

Step 1: Write out the notes and scale degrees of the A Major scale…

This gives us…

A B C# D E F# G#
1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Step 2: Remove the 4 and 7 from the A Major Scale…

We do this because the formula of the A Major Blues Scale doesn’t contain a 4 or a 7. Removing these two notes gives us…

A B C# E F#
1 2 3 5 6

Step 3: Add a b3…

Doing this gives us…

A B C C# E F#
1 2 b3 3 5 6

These are the notes and scale degrees of the A Major Blues scale.

 

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=====Alternative Tab - Version From 1928 Recording =====
======(slightly simpler)=======

e|---0-----|-3-------1-------|-3---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-3-------|-----------------|-----------0-----|-----------------|-------0------0--|
G|---------|-----------------|---------3-------|-0---------------|-----------3-----|
D|-----0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----2-------2---|-----2--------0--|
A|---------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-3-------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3-------|-3-------3-------|


|-----------------|-------1-----0---|-1---------------|-------3-----0---|
|-----------------|-----------3-----|-----------------|-----------3-----|
|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|-----0-------0---|
|---------2-------|-----------------|---------2-------|-----------------|
|-3---------------|-3-------3-------|-3---------------|-3-------3-------|


|-3---------------||--------||-3----------------|
|-----------------|*--------|*-0----------------|
|-----------------||--------||-0----------------|
|-----0-------0---||-----0--||-0----------------|
|---------2-------|*--------|*-2----------------|
|-3---------------||-3------||-3----------------|

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