The Blues Scale

by Dirk Hagemann
http://www.blueslessons.net

The Blues Scale is an extension of the pentatonic scale with the
addition of one extra note, the flat 5th or called the Blues note.
This note brings some extra colour and feeling into your guitar
playing. But don't think the Blues scale is just used in Blues
music. You can find the use of it in nearly any guitar based music.
From Classic Blues to Nu-Metal. If you want to learn the Blues scale
it´s best that you know the pentatonic minor-scale first!

Like in the pentatonic lesson we stay in the key of A and here are the
five patterns of the Blues Scale!

    1st pattern                 
E||--5--------8--|
B||--5--------8--|
G||--5-----7--8--|
D||--5-----7-----|
A||--5--6--7-----|
E||--5--------8--|

Play from the the high E-string to the low E-string and back. 
 Use one finger for each fret.
|-------------------------------------5--8--|
|-------------------------------5--8--------|
|----------------------5--7--8--------------|
|----------------5--7-----------------------|
|-------5--6--7-----------------------------|
|--5--8-------------------------------------|

    2nd Pattern                        
|-----8-----10--11--|
|-----8-----10------|
|--7--8--9----------|
|--7--------10------|
|--7--------10------|
|-----8-----10--11--|

  Play it from string to string and back!
|------------------------------------------8--10--|
|-----------------------------------8--10---------|
|--------------------------7--8--9----------------|
|-------------------7--10-------------------------|
|------------7--10--------------------------------|
|-8--10--11---------------------------------------|

     3rd Pattern                          
|-----10--11--12------|
|-----10----------13--|
|--9----------12------|
|-----10------12--13--|
|-----10------12------|
|-----10--11--12------|

  Play it from string to string and back!
-------------------------------------------------10--11--12--|
-----------------------------------------10--13--------------|
----------------------------------9--12----------------------|
----------------------10--12--13-----------------------------|
--------------10--12-----------------------------------------|
--10--11--12-------------------------------------------------|

     4th Pattern
|--11--12----------15------|
|----------13------15--16--|
|------12------14----------|
|------12--13--14----------|
|------12----------15------|
|--11--12----------15------|

     Play it from string to string and back!
|------------------------------------------------------11--12--15--|
|------------------------------------------13--15--16--------------|
|----------------------------------12--14--------------------------|
|----------------------12--13--14----------------------------------|
|--------------12--15----------------------------------------------|
|--11--12--15------------------------------------------------------|

     5th Pattern                                                
|------15------17------|
|------15--16--17------|
|--14----------17------|
|--14----------17------|
|------15------17--18--|
|------15------17------|

        Play it from string to string and back!
|--------------------------------------------------15--17--|
|--------------------------------------15--16--17----------|
|------------------------------14--17----------------------|
|----------------------14--17------------------------------|
|----------15--17--18--------------------------------------|
|--15--17--------------------------------------------------|

For more exercises and GuitarPro files for this lesson visit:
www.blueslessons.net

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