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Music Theory

Lesson 51 - Blues Scale

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I. Index


1.  Introduction
2. Playing the Blues Scale Starting on C
3. Blues Scale in all 12 Keys
4. Conclusion


II. Content


1. Introduction
In this lesson, you will learn about the blues scale. The blues scale is used in Blues music.


2. Playing the Blues Scale Starting on C
Since there are 12 different key names on the piano keyboard, there are 12 possible blues scales. Let's first look at a blues scale that starts on C, called a C blues scale.

Below are the notes of the C blues scale.

C, Eb, F, F#, G, Bb, C

Below is an animation of the C blues scale being played.










3. Blues Scale in all 12 Keys
Below is a list of the blues scale starting on all 12 keys.

A, C, D, D#, E, G, A

Bb, Db, Eb, E, F, Ab, Bb

B, D, E, E#, F#, A, B

C, Eb, F, F#, G, Bb, C

Db, Fb, Gb, G, Ab, Cb, Db

D, F, G, G#, A, C, D

Eb, Gb, Ab, A, Bb, Db, Eb

E, G, A, A#, B, D, E

F, Ab, Bb, B, C, Eb, F

F#, A, B, B#, C#, E, F#

G, Bb, C, C#, D, F, G

Ab, Cb, Db, D, Eb, Gb, Ab


4. Conclusion
The blues scale is used in Blues music. There is a blues scale for each of the 12 keys.




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