It is essentially a G Major pentatonic scale with an added flat 3. JGuitar's scale calculator will draw scale diagrams showing the fretboard with notes in the selected scale highlighted. The minor pentatonic scale is made from the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th notes from the natural minor scale above. To understand why these sharp and flat note names have chosen given the note positions from the previous step, have a look at the E major scale. The tonic note (shown as *) is the starting point and is always the 1st note in the major scale. Note 1 is the tonic note - the starting note - E, and note 13 is the same note name but one octave higher. In a later step, if sharp or flat notes are used, the exact accidental names will be chosen. This is because the Blues Guitar Scale is a Minor Pentatonic Scale with an extra note added. Since the key of E appears on the Circle of fifths diagram as both a major and minor key, the Lesson steps explain both ways of constructing this blues scale for this key: The 1st construction, using the major scale, starts at Lesson 3. The Pentatonic Blues Scale is a great tool for Blues Guitar and Rock Guitar soloing and improvising. The notes that make up this scale are E, G, A, Bb, B, D, and E. There are seven notes in the scale, six different notes, and a repeated “E” note know as an octave. Having identified the piano keys that make up this major scale, this step shows the note names of those keys. To count up a Half-tone (semitone), count up from the last note up by one physical piano key, either white or black. For the blues scale, the half-step / semitone closeness of notes around the 4th and 5th notes usually mean it is inevitable that a note name will be used twice in the scale, so it makes sense to use the chromatic scale names for all notes. The blues notes are circled in blue in all the figures below. The Solution below shows the E blues scale, on the piano, treble clef and bass clef. A blues scale is a six note scale. Then, when improvising, you can slide to or from them, string bend into them, play them subtly or stress them, emphasizing their bluesy sound. Here are 5 CAGED shapes for the G Major blues scale. For a quick summary of this topic, have a look at Blues scale. In other words: Play a B note, and the black note directly to the left of B in this scale. Every white or black key could have a flat(b) or sharp(#) accidental name, depending on how that note is used. Blue dots are the b5 "blues note" E Blues Scale Diagrams E Blues Scale Fretboard Diagram The "Blue" note as it is called, is used to create a heavier dissonance while playing over a blues chord progression. Wherever possible, complex note names from the major scale are simplified to arrive at the final blues scale notes. The numbered notes are those that might be used when building this note scale. It is used in all types of music Blues, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Funk, Electronica, everything really! The 2nd and 6th notes of the major scale are not used. The notes of the C major blues scale (C D Eb E G A) are the same as the notes from the A minor blues scale (A C D Eb E G), but they start on a different note and are used in another way. The E Major Blues Scale contains the notes E, F#, G, G#, B, and C#. These note names are shown below on the treble clef followed by the bass clef. The origin of the word ‘pentatonic’ is Latin and simply means ‘5 notes’. The 7th note is the octave of the tonic note, where the pattern begins to repeat itself. To understand why this scale has these sharp and flat note names, have a look at the E minor pentatonic scale. This step assigns note names to the major scale note positions identified in the previous step. Root. Wondering what a ‘pentatonic’ scale is?