Week 3 – The Major Blues Scale

Since I started off the first two tips about the blues, I figured I might as well expand on this topic. The blues is a great structure for all players to practice and make progress. The last blues scale I’m going to leave you with is the Major Blues scale. This is my version of a scale that includes the major 3rd of the chord as well as the b3 blues note. The scale also has the major 6th and the natural 9th extension. As one of my students figured out last week, using these notes really gets you away from the beginning blues sound you hear most “newbies” stick too. By adding the major 3rd to the scale you start to reflect the harmonies of the chord more properly which allows you to play with in the changes more. Remember, when soloing, create melodies with the notes, rather than simply playing the scale up and down. More on that in the next post when I’ll combine all the scales together. Enjoy!

With the other two scales you could use those over the entire blues form. When playing the major blues scale you must play the corresponding scale to the chord. For example, if I’m playing a C7 chord I can play my C major blues scale. When I move to F7, I must play my F major blues scale. Be sure to switch the scale when the chord changes.


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