Blues scale

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by swe3702, Mar 24, 2002.

  1. I only have a simple question:
    What notes are in the G Blues Scale?:cool:
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    G, Bb, C, Db, D, F, G

    Like a minor pentatonic scale with the addition of the b5.

    You can transpose this pattern to any starting point to get that blues scale as well

  3. Thank you!
    Another question:
    What are passing notes?, and are there any in the blues scale?:)
  4. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    A passing tone is a note that connects one note to another. It can happen by way of a scale or chromatically. For example you've played a C and want to go to a Bb, placing a B in between would be a chromatic passing tone. If you squeeze in both a B and an A you have a double chromatic passing tone (Jaco does a great one in Birdland C to Bb to B).

    There is also an approach note. That is where a note jumps to a note 1/2 step away from the target. For example I jump from an A to an Eb to finally land on the E.

    The b5 in the blues scale can be considered a passing tone, if it is used in that way.

    Many notes can function in different ways and it is your judgement that determines which function is stronger. For example a C going to an E and finally to an F. Is the E the 3rd of the C chord (chord tone) or is it an approach note. If the E was on a strong beat (1 or 3) I would tend to make it a chord tone but if it was on a weaker beat I would lead towards the approach note.

    Hope this helps.