Scales: Minor Blues

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

The Minor Blues Scale is the blues scale that most people are familiar with, so much so that it usually just called the Blues Scale. The Minor Blues Scale has only six notes and is an existence proof that scales are not made up of “half steps” and “whole steps”. The Blues was invented by some very creative people who didn’t know a darn thing about music theory. Blues was born of a painful mixing of cultures and still exists because it sounds and feels so cool.

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Minor Blues Scale in the key of C...

Comparative Scale Study Tip: Notice that the Minor Blues scale uses all five notes from the Minor Pentatonic Scale, but adds an extra blue note F# (Fi).

Minor Blues Scale

Play and sing the Minor Blues Scale with special attention to the three blue notes: Me, Fi, and Te. Notice the bluesy quality these special notes bring to the musical table. "Bluesy" cannot be described with mere words, but you sure know it when you hear it!

Special Note about Names: Don’t fret about whether F# should be called Gb instead. These are just names that you will eventually discard like training wheels. Likewise, don’t worry about whether F#/Gb should be called Fi or Fa sharp or Se or So flat.  They are all just arbitrary names… It’s the physical key and the sound that matter!

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Usage in Real Music

Blues Run in Octaves (key of C):
Blues Lick (key of F):

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Ear Training: Sing Out Loud

Listen to Frank model the correct approach to doing these studies:

The ultimate goal is to hear each pitch inside your head before you attempt to reproduce it by singing out loud.

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Minor Blues Scale: Linear

Minor Blues Scale

Minor Blues Scale

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Minor Blues Scale: Do-X-Do

Minor Blues Scale

Minor Blues Scale

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