The Flatted Fifth Blues Scale

Adding the flatted fifth to the pentatonic minor scale produces the famous blues scale. This is a really awesome scale for learning to solo - so awesome that we really don't need to go anywhere else to create some great music! 

Here's a diagram of what it looks like on the fretboard:

The numbers on the dots indicate the musical distance from the root note, R. 

Is this scale familiar to you? On a scale of 1 to 5 how would you rate your confidence in using it to create guitar solos? Let me know in the comments below!

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Eagleye
Eagleye
3 years ago

3. I know the scale very well, both regular and with blues notes, but really haven’t been able to apply it to soloing yet.
Question about what “note” we’re in or want to be. So usually I start at the 5th fret, which would be in the note of A, yes? And say if folks wanted it in the note of B, I’d start the exact same scale pattern on the 7th fret, yes? thanks! Enjoy your vids!

James Fay
James Fay
3 years ago

Finally learning the right scales. It’s starting to make sense. From a drummer’s perspective, I can already hear it. As long as I can count, I’ll be able to pick the tempo. I’ll just forget it the next day.

SUSAN STOVALL
SUSAN STOVALL
3 years ago

Thank you

Svend Arenbrandt
Svend Arenbrandt
3 years ago

Hello.

My priory interest is soloing , melody single string melody playing in the style of Hank Marvin, also f.inst. Zoe McCullock and Swedish Roger Paulsson. i have quite a large collection of their recordngs.

Kindly comment and recommend for my purposes.

Thanks.
Svend

Marie Atwell
Marie Atwell
3 years ago

I have purchased several video course from Jonathan,he is a great teacher,and very easy to follow and understand,doesn’t make guitar playing complicated,makes it fun and shows you how to sound like you have been playing for Years!! Rock On!

Sunil Manawadu
Sunil Manawadu
3 years ago

Hi Jonathan
Thanks so much for contacting me after a while. Hope all is well what with the virus about. On a scale of 1 to 5 my confidence with soloing is I would say is 1. I am familiar with the blues scale somewhat but no good with playing around using the scale.
I am considering purchasing the Vid . What is your honest opinion whether it is going to be helpful to me.
Thanks for your opinion.
Take care
Sunil

Sunil Manawadu
Sunil Manawadu
3 years ago

Hi Jonathan
Thanks so much for replying to my query . I shall go ahead and purchase your
Blues soloing course which I am certain would build my confidence.
Kindest regards
Sunil

Jerry
Jerry
3 years ago

I’m currently enrolled in your Scales Pattern course. one question, when I want to use the Pentatonic Minor scales, I need to know the key for the song and then use the scale for the relative minor (six chord) of the key. Is that basically corrctice?

William Leuthner
3 years ago

Listening to you took some of the fear I was experiencing while trying to play solos. I’ll remember the pentatonic scale and try to relax. Your comment regarding alternate picking which I practice on the c scale or the g scale helped immensely. I’ll hook my fender and try the pentatonic scale tomorrow,

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