B flat blues scale for piano

B flat blues scale for piano

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B flat blues scale for piano

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The key of B flat major has 2 flats (Bb and Eb) in the key signature.  The notes of the B flat major scale are:   Bb   C   D   Eb   F   G   A   Bb

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

The notes of the B flat blues scale are:

Bb     Db     Eb     Fb     F     Ab     Bb

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

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

  1. 1st degree – B flat
  2. Flattened 3rd degree – D flat
  3. 4th degree – E flat
  4. Flattened 5th degree – F flat
  5. 5th degree – F
  6. Flattened 7th degree – A flat

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

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

Please note that the fingerings suggested are only ‘possible’ fingerings for playing the B flat blues scale on the piano.  When improvising using the notes of the B 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.