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Jazz Scales
BLUES SCALE

C | C# = Db | D | Eb | E | F | F# = Gb | G | Ab | A | Bb | B
Description         Keyboard fingerings : p.1 - p.2

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Description of the Blues scale

The Blues scale consists of 6 different notes.
They are the 5 notes of the minor pentatonic scale, plus one additional note.

The note added is the diminished 5th (o5) measured from the scale tonic.
For example :

adding to the C minor pent. scale : C - Eb - F - G - Bb - C (Audio 1)

the diminished 5th - Gb

produces the C Blues scale : C - Eb - F - Gb - G - Bb - C (Audio 2)


In relation to the Major scale the notes of the Blues scale are : 1 - b3 - 4 - b5 - 5 - b7 - 1.

The b3, b5 and b7 notes of the scale (for C Blues scale : Eb, Gb and Bb) are the so called blue notes of the scale.

Audio 2
C Blues scale


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Here are the Blues scales in all 12 keys listed in Circle of Fifths order.

  1. C Blues scale

    C - Eb - F - Gb - G - Bb - C


  2. G Blues scale

    G - Bb - C - Db - D - F - G


  3. D Blues scale (Down - Up - Top)

    D - F - G - Ab - A - C - D


  4. A Blues scale

    A - C - D - Eb - E - G - A


  5. E Blues scale

    E - G - A - Bb - B - D - E


  6. B Blues scale (Down - Up - Top)

    B - D - E - F - F# - A - B


  7. F# and Gb Blues scales

    F# - A - B - C - C# - E - F#
    Gb - A - B - C - Db - E - Gb


  8. Db and C# Blues scales

    Db - E - Gb - G - Ab - B - Db
    C# - E - F# - G - G# - B - C#


  9. Ab Blues scale (Down - Up - Top)

    Ab - B - Db - D - Eb - Gb - Ab


  10. Eb Blues scale

    Eb - Gb - Ab - A - Bb - Db - Eb


  11. Bb Blues scale

    Bb - Db - Eb - E - F - Ab - Bb


  12. F Blues scale (Down - Up - Top)

    F - Ab - Bb - B - C - Eb - F



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