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    The Minor Blues Scale

    by Simon James

    One of the most common scales used in modern popular music is the Minor Blues Scale. One of the reasons that this scale is so popular is because of its versatility, as it can be used to solo over a Major, Minor, Minor 7th and Dominant 7th Chords as well as sitting comfortably over Blues Progressions.

    It is safe to say that it is one of the first bases for those delving into soloing on the guitar for the first time and is a must know scale.

    It is very loosely related to the Minor Pentatonic. It helps to remember the Blues scale as being a Minor Pentatonic with an added Blue note.

    It is built up as follows:

    Root, Min3rd, 4th, A4th, 5th, Min7th

    Or in the key of A minor:

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

    The One Octave Minor Blues scale is noted out in the key of A minor below.

    minor blues scale  

    And as Two Octaves:

    minor blues scale  

    Once you have learned it ensure that you practice it in all 12 keys.

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