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Twelve Bar Blues (2)

The Blues scale

There is another scale, besides the pentatonics, which developed alongside the Twelve-bar Blues, and sounds wonderful to improvise with: the Blues scale. Here is the C Blues scale: Comparing it to the major scale, you can see that the “blue” notes are the flattened 3rd (Eb), raised 4th or flattened 5th (F#/Gb), and flattened 7th (Bb). Practise the Blues scale up and down, with the suggested fingering, until secure. Then, using the template below and choosing your own LH style (which you might want to keep very simple at first), try improvising with it. Notice that you...

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