A flat blues scale for piano

A flat blues scale for piano

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A flat blues scale for piano

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The key of A flat major has 4 flats (Bb, Eb, Ab and Db) in the key signature.  The notes of the A flat major scale are:  Ab   Bb   C   Db   Eb   F   G   Ab

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

The notes of the A flat blues scale are:

Ab     Cb     Db     Ebb     Eb     Gb     Ab

  1. The 1st note of the A flat blues scale uses the 1st degree of the A flat major scale – A flat
  2. The 2nd note of the A flat blues scale uses the 3rd degree of the A flat major scale but lowers it by 1 semitone or half step – C flat
  3. The 3rd note of the A flat blues scale uses the 4th degree of the A flat major scale – D flat
  4. The 4th note of the A flat blues scale uses the 5th degree of the A flat major scale but lowers it by one semitone or half step to E double flat (Ebb – think of this as D natural if you find this easier to remember)
  5. The 5th note of the A flat blues scales again uses the 5th degree of the A flat major scale but does not lower it – E flat
  6. The 6th note of the A flat blues scale uses the 7th degree of the A flat major scale and lowers it by one semitone or half step – G flat

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

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

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

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

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