A Blues scale for guitar.
The A Blues scale is a six-note scale. In the fingerboard diagrams the notes in the scale are marked out with blue circles (root notes in darker color). The scale is displayed in a two-octave pattern and in the five main fingerboard positions.
Shape 1 (5th position)
Shape 2 (7th position)
Shape 3 (10th position)
Shape 4 (open position)
Shape 5 (2nd position)
Scale with extension
The scale and its scale degrees.
Compared to the corresponding Major scale, three notes are flatted, including the additional chromatic b5 note.
The notes in the scale can be described as steps on the guitar fingerboard according to the following formula: whole and a half, whole, half, half, whole and a half, whole from the first note to the same in the next octave.
The A Blues scale contains all the notes in the A Pentatonic Minor plus a flatted fifth, the so-called blue note. Due to the close relationship to Am Pentatonic, the scale is also referred to as Am Pentatonic Blues or A Minor Blues.
Notice that the A Pentatonic Minor Blues scale is identical with the A Pentatonic Minor scale except for the passing note (b5).
The "Extended" diagram shows a way to expand the scale pattern with shape one merged with parts of two adjacent shapes.
Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.Normal tempo:
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A Pentatonic Minor Blues scale first shape ascending.
The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.
This scale is covered by the Blues soloing series ("Blues lead guitar – lesson 1-5").
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