Blues scale for guitar

blues scale for guitar

blues scale for guitar A diatonic major scale incorporating a flat or bent 3rd , a flat or bent 7th and sometimes a flat or bent 5th to approximate melodic notes that originated in African work songs . Since the actual pitch is unavailable on a piano , the flatted note is often played or "crushed" against the natural pitch to approximate the blue note

The term blues scale is used to describe a few scales with differing numbers of pitches and related characteristics.

The hexatonic, or six note, blues scale for guitar consists of the minor pentatonic scale plus the ?4 or ?5 degree. A major feature of the blues scale is the use of blue notes, however, since blue notes are considered alternative inflections, a blues scale may be considered to not fit the traditional definition of a scale. At its most basic, a single version of this "blues scale for guitar" is commonly used over all changes (or chords) in a twelve bar blues progression. Likewise, in contemporary jazz theory, its use is commonly based upon the key rather than the individual chord.

Blues scale as minor pentatonic plus flat-5th/sharp-4th

The heptatonic, or seven note, conception of the "blues scale" is as a diatonic scale (a major scale) with lowered third, fifth, and seventh degrees and blues practice is derived from the "conjunction of 'African scales' and the diatonic western scales".Steven Smith argues that, "to assign blues notes to a 'blues scale' is a momentous mistake, then, after all, unless we alter the meaning of 'scale'.

Blues scale as diatonic scale with lowered 3rd, 5th, and 7th degrees

Despite this, an essentially nine note blues scale is defined by Benward and Saker as a chromatic variation of the major scale featuring a flat third and seventh degrees which, "alternating with the normal third and seventh scale degrees are used to create the blues inflection. These 'blue notes' represent the influence of African scales on this music."

Blues scale as a chromatic variant of the major scale


Blues scale for guitar