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#1 2013-09-15 18:42:54

Artie'splaying
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Confused and Frustrated

Hi All,

I'm hoping someone can help me with a problem I'm having with scales. The problem is that every book/website/youtube video I consult has a different version of a particular scale. For example, I'm working on the E major Blues scale (0 pattern) and everyone seems to have slightly different version. Sometimes it's nothing more than a difference of a single note, but I don't understand why there's so much variation. Can someone explain this to me?

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#2 2013-09-15 23:08:02

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Re: Confused and Frustrated

The blues is a feeling its more of how you express the notes then any pattern or scale you follow there are many good examples one in particular is a long running thread in this forum http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewforum.php?id=9 just watch and listen and you will get a good idea what the blues is the name of the topic is Friday's blues fix" smile


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#3 2013-09-16 02:44:59

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Re: Confused and Frustrated

Are you sure the notes are different or is it the fingering? A"blues scale" typically refers to a minor pentatonic scale with the addition of a b5.  Perhaps if you tell us what you are looking to accomplish we can help you?

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#4 2013-09-16 05:21:05

Artie'splaying
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Re: Confused and Frustrated

Baldguitardude wrote:

Are you sure the notes are different or is it the fingering? A"blues scale" typically refers to a minor pentatonic scale with the addition of a b5.  Perhaps if you tell us what you are looking to accomplish we can help you?

Ok. On the All Guitar Chords site, the G blues scale is, starting at low E and going up

F  G
A# C
D F
G
C C# D
F G

On a YouTube video from Marty Schwartz in which he teaches a Blues Scale in G, it's:

E   G
A A# B
D   E
G A  A#
B  D
E   G

At Chordbook.com a blue scale is indicated:

G
A# C  C#
D   F
G


I could provide additional examples. What I don't understand is how there could be so many variations. What am I missing here? I have a very modest understanding of music theory.

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#5 2013-09-16 07:21:53

Baldguitardude
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Re: Confused and Frustrated

Marty's is an e blues scale. 

All guitar is minor pentatonic. 

Chord book is g blues.

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#6 2013-09-16 16:24:52

Artie'splaying
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Re: Confused and Frustrated

Baldguitardude wrote:

Marty's is an e blues scale. 

All guitar is minor pentatonic. 

Chord book is g blues.

God, how stupid of me. Thanks

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#7 2013-09-16 17:34:36

Baldguitardude
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Re: Confused and Frustrated

No problem at all man. The problem with the internet is that information is frequently not consistent and not proofread a lot. To take note names out of it, here's a quick cheat sheet:

Minor pentatonic: 1 b3 4 5 b7
Blues scale: 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7
Major pentatonic: 1 2 3 5 6

I usually play a combo: 1 2 b3 3 4 b5 5 6 b7

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