A blues scale for piano

A blues scale for piano

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A blues scale for piano

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The key of A major has 3 sharps (F#, C# and G#) in the key signature.  The notes of the A major scale are:  A   B   C#   D   E   F#   G#   A

The blues scale uses some of the notes from the A major scale but modifies others

The notes of the A blues scale are:

A     C     D     Eb     E     G     A

  1. The 1st note of the A blues scale uses the 1st degree of the A major scale – A
  2. The 2nd note of the A blues scale uses the 3rd degree of the A major scale but lowers it by 1 semitone or half step – C
  3. The 3rd note of the A blues scale uses the 4th degree of the A major scale – D
  4. The 4th note of the A blues scale uses the 5th degree of the A major scale but lowers it by one semitone or half step to E flat
  5. The 5th note of the A blues scales again uses the 5th degree of the A major scale but does not lower it – E natural
  6. The 6th note of the A blues scale uses the 7th degree of the A major scale and lowers it by one semitone or half step – G natural

To create the A blues scale, the A major scale is modified in the following way:

  1. 1st degree – A
  2. Flattened 3rd degree – C
  3. 4th degree – D
  4. Flattened 5th degree – E flat
  5. 5th degree – E natural
  6. Flattened 7th degree – G natural

Notice that the 2nd (B) and 6th degrees (F#) of the A major scale do not appear in the A blues scale.

Below is the sheet music followed by the piano notes and possible fingerings (right hand) of the A blues scale for piano

Please note that the fingerings suggested are only ‘possible’ fingerings for playing the A blues scale on the piano.  When improvising using the notes of the A blues scale with the right hand, fingerings may vary depending on which note the scale begins and the order of notes being played.