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Why does the Blues scale work?

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Printed Date: 25 Mar 2019 at 11:08pm


Topic: Why does the Blues scale work?
Posted By: davefollmers
Subject: Why does the Blues scale work?
Date Posted: 13 Mar 2018 at 6:01am
First, lets do the example in key of C:
major Scale:CDEFGAB
Chords: C Dm Em F G Am Bdim
C Minor:C D Eb F G Ab Bb
Chords:Cm Ddim D# Fm Gm G# A#
C Blues:C Eb F F# G Bb
minor Pentatonic:C Eb F G Bb
Major Pentatonic:C D E G A
Playing the blues scale over C minor with its chords makes sense but most songs are not written in minor scale, they are written in Major scale. However, most of the notes in C Blues is outside the C major scale. These notes that are out of scale will sound off more or less depending on the combination of note and chord. It seems more logical to use C major Blues scale since the major pentatonic has all its notes in C major. Can you use the blues(minor) scale when the song is in a major scale.

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