Note 1 is the tonic note - the starting note - B, and note 13 is the same note name but one octave higher. There are 6 blues scale notes plus the octave of the tonic note - a total of 7 notes. For the blues scale, the half-step / semitone closeness of notes around the 4th and 5th notes usually mean it is inevitable that a note name will be used twice in the scale, so it makes sense to use the chromatic scale names for all notes. This step shows the white and black note names on a piano keyboard so that the note names are familiar for later steps, and to show that the note names start repeating themselves after 12 notes. To count up a Half-tone (semitone), count up from the last note up by one physical piano key, either white or black. This is done because blues (and pentatonic scales) do not follow the 'usual' music theory rules that hold for diatonic scales, such as major and all minor varieties, which state that each note from A..G can only be used once in the scale. The numbered notes are those that might be used when building this note scale. Every white or black key could have a flat(b) or sharp(#) accidental name, depending on how that note is used. B Minor Blues Scale on the Guitar – 5 CAGED Positions, Tabs and Theory. B Blues Scale Fretboard Diagram. This step shows the B blues scale on the piano, treble clef and bass clef. Wherever possible, complex note names from the major scale are simplified to arrive at the final blues scale notes. Middle C (midi note 60) is shown with an orange line under the 2nd note on the piano diagram. Another way to identify the blue note is to take the 5th note of the natural minor scale from 2 steps above, (which is the same as note 4 as the minor pentatonic scale), and flatten it. The 7th note is the octave of the tonic note, where the pattern begins to repeat itself. These note names are shown below on the treble clef followed by the bass clef. For example, in the Gb blues scale, the 4th note of the major scale Cb is simplified to be note B. There are 6 blues scale notes plus the octave of the tonic note - a total of 7 notes. Below are those notes numbered 1 to 6 on the piano keyboard. The scale is that it is very easy to learn, especially if you already know the pentatonic scale. Having identified the piano keys that make up this major scale, this step shows the note names of those keys. If you already know about the minor blues scale and would just like to know how to play it in five positions as well as the open position of B, read on. To understand why these sharp and flat note names have chosen given the note positions from the previous step, have a look at the B major scale. To count up a Whole tone, count up by two physical piano keys, either white or black. The 2nd and 6th notes of the major scale are not used. This step shows an octave of notes in the key of B, to identify the start and end notes of the scale. To understand why this scale has these sharp and flat note names, have a look at the B natural minor scale. The B blues scale has 1 sharp. The 2nd construction, using the minor pentatonic scale, starts at Lesson 6. To understand why this scale has these sharp and flat note names, have a look at the B minor pentatonic scale. © 2020 Copyright Veler Ltd, All Rights Reserved. Since the key of B appears on the Circle of fifths diagram as both a major and minor key, the Lesson steps explain both ways of constructing this blues scale for this key: The 1st construction, using the major scale, starts at Lesson 3. The B-flat blues scale has 4 flats. A blues scale is a six note scale. Middle C (midi note 60) is shown with an orange line under the 2nd note on the piano diagram. There are 6 blues scale notes plus the octave of the tonic note - a total of 7 notes. The "Blue" note as it is called, is used to create a heavier dissonance while playing over a blues chord progression. Here are the 5 CAGED positions for the B minor blues scale (notes and tabs). This page includes notation/tabs and scale diagrams for each position along the fretboard. Pentatonic Scale Fluency: Available on Kindle and Paperback. If you already know about the major blues scale and would just like to know how to play it in five positions as well as the open position of B, read on.