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LESSON NINE: ADVANCED STUDIES

Student NotesThe second part to learning "The Blues" is knowing the construction and performance of the "Blues Scale." The formula for constructing a "Blues Scale" is shown in the figure above. In your music workbook, construct a "Blues Scale" for the following root notes:

  • F
  • A
  • B flat
  • A flat
  • E
  • D


This seven note scale is intermixed with other notes improvised during your solo. On your keyboard, play each scale 5 times from bottom to top and 5 times top to bottom. Using the F "Blues Scale" that you've constructed in your music workbook, experiment with playing the notes in this scale in random order and with different rhythms. Do this for 15 minutes.

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