Ten different scales with appropriate licks
example 3: blues sCale (r-b3-4-b5-5-b7) The blues scale is a minor Pentatonic scale with added flattened 5th interval. The b5 is often referred to as the ‘blue’ note. The addition of the b5 provides a six-note scale that helps to make ascending and descending lines flow; it also adds a colourful dissonance. We have included the fingering for this scale above the notation as this makes life much easier. The lick starts with a catchy repeating2 Title phrase, followed by a classic descending run. The idea in beat three of bar 32 is a popular way to include the b5 interval in a great-sounding phrase. example 4: major blues sCale (r-2-b3-3-5-6) If we move this fingering down three frets we get the major version - the major Pentatonic with an added minor 3rd. This scale is often used in country and country rock, but is also useful in the blues. Just like our major and minor Pentatonic ideas, our blues scale and country pentatonic licks are interchangeable by simply by moving the shape up or down three frets. Remember, especially when improvising, that what was the root note note in the A minor Blues shape is now the major 6th in the major Blues shape.