Scales: Major Blues

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C Major Blues Scale: Notes, Scale Degrees, and Solfege

The Major Blues Scale is the lesser known cousin of the minor blues scale. Sometimes called the Jazz Blues Scale, it has a more majorish, jazzier quality than the minor blues.

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Major Blues Scale in the key of C...

Major Blues Scale

Note regarding notation: You will often see Eb spelled as D#. Do not fret over the names. It's the sound and physical keys that count.

The C major blues has two very distinctive features:

Comparative Ear Training Tip: really get the sound/feel for what makes this scale tick.

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Usage in Real Music

Blues Pickup (key of G):
Gospel Run (key of F):
Frank Improv (key of C):

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Ear Training: Sing Out Loud

Start by playing C (Do) in order to establish the key center, then sing out loud. The ultimate goal is to hear each pitch inside your head before you attempt to reproduce it by singing out loud.

Major Blues Scale: Linear

Major Blues Scale

Major Blues Scale


Major Blues Scale: Do-X-Do

Major Blues Scale

Major Blues Scale

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