E blues scale for piano

E blues scale for piano

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E blues scale for piano

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The key of E major has 4 sharps (F#, C# G# and D#) in the key signature.  The notes of the E major scale are:  E   F#   G#   A   B   C#   D#   E

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

The notes of the E blues scale are:

E     G     A     Bb     B     D     E

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

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

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

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

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

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