Discover the Major Blues Scale

The major blues scale is used mostly on the I chord. You have to listen carefully because it sounds a lot like the minor blues scale.

This is another tool to use in your solo’s. This Major Blues is the pentatonic major scale with an added note.

Add this blue note into the pentatonic for more variety. Try using it and let your ears be the judge.

Major and Minor Blues

There are major and minor scales just like the major and minor pentatonic scales.

In other words an A minor scale would be the same as a C major scale and vice versa.

Here are the two scales first the major then the minor.

Here is what they both sound like. They almost sound identical at first listen. Practice being able to tell them apart.

The major scale is built 1-2-3♭-3-5-6

The minor scale is built 1-3♭-4-5♭-5-7

The major and minor blues in A

Major Blues

Major Blues Scale Patterns

The R stands for root of the scale.

To use the major blues in the same key as the minor you have to move it down 3 frets

The major blues is mainly used on the I chord but don’t be afraid to experiment.

The diamonds shapes are the Blue Notes, this is what’s different from the major pentatonic scale.

The major blue note is the flatted 3.

The 6th string is on your left the nut is on the top

The Major Blues Scale

F♯ and G♭ are the same scale spelled different.

This is where I changed from flat to sharp keys.

Minor Blues Scale

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