Minor Blues

Minor – Blues – Scale


For a Minor Blues the dominant chords are replaced by minor chords. Here you can also play the General Blues scale over the whole progression.

 

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hear the Minor Blues scale

 

General Blues Scale

The General Blues scale can always be used, no matter if it is a major or minor blues. It is an expanded Minor Pentatonic scale.

 

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Chords

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Minor Blues: Expanded General Blues Scale

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Chords

You can play the Minor Blues scale to all minor chords

Application

The real Blue Notes are between Eb and E, Bb and B or Gb and G. With string instruments the effect is achieved by for example playing an Eb and at same time bending the string. For wind instruments the Blue Notes are played with the so called „lipping down“ — lip technique, by playing for example an E and then altering the tone downwards.

 

Example of a Minor Blues Progression with suitable Scales:

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