Play The Major Blues Scale In Any Key
The diagram below shows the first box of the E Minor Pentatonic scale.
And this diagram shows the first box of the E Minor Blues scale with the added flat 5th notes.
As with the minor scales, the major blues scale is the same as its pentatonic version with the blue notes added. The relationship between the major and minor blues box patterns is also the same as with the major and minor pentatonic box patterns.
You can take your minor blues scale and move it three frets down towards the head of the guitar and you then have your major blues scale. The G major blues scale is the same as the E minor blues scale.
Or, take the box patterns and move them down one position so that the first note of the second box is played at the root note or first position and you have your major blues scales.
The following diagrams show the fifth, first, and second boxes of the G minor blues scale.
The following diagrams show the fifth, first, and second major blues scale box patterns on guitar fretboard for the G major blues scale. Note how it is identical to the E minor blues scale.
I’m not going to show you how to play all the boxes in different keys. You should be able to work them out now or you can download this free ebook. There’s no music theory involved, it’s just a handy quick reference guide that shows you all the notes on each string on the fretboard for the major blues scales in every key including the sharps and flats.
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