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Music Theory - E Blues Scale
Any blues scale is the Root, flat 3rd, 4th, flat 5th, 5th and flat 7th of the Major scale with the same Root note. So to work out the notes of the E Blues scale you take those 6 notes from the E Major scale.
The E Major scale is: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#. We can number the notes of any Major scale 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. (where 1 is the Root note, in this case E)
The Root of the E Major scale is E. So E is the first note of the E Blues scale.
And that's how you can work out the notes of any Blues scale. ie:
So if you are going to jam with a blues progression in E, you work out the notes for the E blues scale. All of those six notes will sound good over the 3 chords of the E Blues Progression.
One of the great things about playing the guitar though is that you don't actually need to work out the Blues scale for each key. No matter what key you are in the pattern(s) of the notes of the Blues scale on the neck is the same. So you can get away with learning the Blues scale pattern(s) in one key and then just moving the pattern(s) up & down the neck to play in any other key. I'll put more info on this in the Music Theory section soon.
If you played piano - you'd have to learn the Blues scale in 12 different keys, each with a different pattern. (You'd also need a large van and some very strong friends)!
On guitar, you can get away with just learning the one pattern for all 12 keys (and owning a small car or even just a bike)! It's one of the great things about playing the guitar - the blues scale is a great sounding scale that you can get great sounds out of.
Regardless of if you are Stevie Ray Vaughan or if you are just beginning to learn to improvise.
If you want to get the most out of playing, you really want to pay attention to both knowing the patterns on the guitar AND the notes you are playing. Most importantly, don't forget that music is about actual sounds. It's about feel, groove and soul. Notes, scales, patterns etc are just how I can explain music to you - you need to use that information to make it into something that goes beyond words.
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