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Blues Scales and its Modes

Frederick Burton (5465) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

Tired of playing the same old blues scale? In the same old "box" position? Tired of sounding like Kirk H. (just kidding). Then lets try playing that same blues scale and its modes! Did you know that the blues scale had modes? They're not really modes, but patterns using the notes of the original blues scale so in a sense they are modes. They're just not given those fancy names as if we were playing the modes of the melodic minor scale. First, a quick review: The blues scale. It's formula is: Root, lowered third, fourth, lowered fifth, natural fifth, and lowered seventh. Using the key of F: (F, Ab, Bb, B, C, Eb). Ok? Fine. The harmony used when playing this scale is: Used with dominant 7, 9th, 11, 13th chords or any alterations 7#5, 7b9 or with any chord that is in a blues progression. The blues scale which is used should have the same root or letter name as the key in which the blues is being played. When the chords in the blues progression change, it is not necessary to change the scale. Ok, review time is over. On to the modes/patterns.