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Blues Guitar Scale

David O' Toole (784) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Blues Guitar Scale

Blues Guitar Scale - does one exist? ...hmmm. Here's a quick look at this popular scale which is often heard in many types of music not just good ol' Blues.

Blues Guitar Scale - Basic in A

Here's the common garden variety Minor Pentatonic scale in A - it gets it's name from the fifth note on the low E string which is the note A. 5 note scale - Greek: penta = 5. This pattern can be moved (transposed) to anywhere on the neck. For example if you move it down 2 frets the pattern would be in G.

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Basic Blues Guitar Scale A 5th Fret

Blues Guitar Scale A

Now to spice it up a bit we can add the "Blues Notes" (it's actually just 1 note here), as they're often called. In this case the note D# and it's octave.

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Blues Guitar "Scale" A plus "Blues" Note Fret 5

And here's the pattern over the whole neck.

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Blues Guitar "Scale" A +"Blues" Notes

Playing these notes in the right place and way, over say an A D E7 progression, will give you a bluesy vibe. It's best to play the "Blue" note (in this case it's the note D#), as a PASSING tone as opposed to staying on it - especially in the beginning stage. But there are other far more effective ways to tackle the Blues solo I reckon, which you can look at in another Bluesy lesson

All the best 4 now and Happy Blues-ing ;) ...