Lesson 13.3 – From Minor Pentatonic to Minor Blues

The Blues scale is simply a Minor Pentatonic scale with an added note. This added note, called the “blue note,” creates the tension and that “bluesy” sound associated with blues style music.

The blue note is a diminished 5th, which means we add a flatted (1 semitone, or fret, down) 5th tone. Because there are now six notes, the blues scale is known as a hexatonic scale.

The Minor Blues scale is built from the following intervals, with notes added from the key of E.

This is position 1 of the minor blues scale with the root notes in red and the additional blue notes in blue (in the key of E that is the Bb). This form can be transposed into other keys in the same way as the Minor Pentatonic, by finding the root of the key and starting the pattern on the correct fret.

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Lesson 13.3 – From Minor Pentatonic to Minor Blues

The Blues scale is simply a Minor Pentatonic scale with an added note. This added note, called the “blue note,” creates the tension and that “bluesy” sound associated with blues style music.

The blue note is a diminished 5th, which means we add a flatted (1 semitone, or fret, down) 5th tone. Because there are now six notes, the blues scale is known as a hexatonic scale.

The Minor Blues scale is built from the following intervals, with notes added from the key of E.

This is position 1 of the minor blues scale with the root notes in red and the additional blue notes in blue (in the key of E that is the Bb). This form can be transposed into other keys in the same way as the Minor Pentatonic, by finding the root of the key and starting the pattern on the correct fret.

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