The Blues Scale


The Blues scale in all 12 keys

The blues scale is one of the most important scales in jazz.

“The blues is the key to all things American (except classical music).” – Branford Marsalis

It is the tonal base for the improvisation on the so-called blues scheme.

The structure of the Blues Scale is:

The standard blues scheme is the 12 bar blues form:

The special feature of this “classical” blues scheme is that it uses only dominant seventh chords (the chord of the 5th degree of a major scale).

This blues scheme has been expanded over the course of time and especially modified in jazz.

The Blues scale in all 12 keys