Here’s a free sheet I give to all my students after they learn their major scales. It’s just a sheet with all the 12 Major Blues Scales on it. If you take a look at the sheet you might notice that the scales are the same as the scales on my free 12 blues scales sheet but that they start on a different note. For example, the F major blues scale is the same as the D blues scale (some people call this the minor blues scale) but the D blues scale starts on D and it’s home base root note is D. The F Major blues scale starts on F and it’s home base root note is F.
When I teach my students to use the major blues scales, I teach them to try to move off the b3 note quickly when playing. Many student who are new to improvising will land on the b3 and just sit on it without resolving it. This is a great note because there’s tension to it but tension sounds best when you hear it resolve. For example, if I’m using the A major blues scale and play a C, many times you will hear me resolve it to C# or to B which in most cases are more pleasing notes to the ear. It’s good to practice each blues scale to it’s corresponding major or dominant chord. Ex. A major blues scale- practice this over an A major or a A7 chord. There is slight variations in how you use this scale depending on the harmony behind it.
When you practice these scales over a major tonality or dominant tonality you want to practice resolving your lines to the three best notes in the scale. For Fmaj7 or F7 you would use the F major blues scale and try to resolve your lines to F, A or C. This takes focused practice at first but after a little while you will begin to hear where the notes of the major blues scale want to resolve naturally.
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For more information and licks using the blues scales check out my two books on Mastering the Blues Scales. There are tons of great sound lines and licks in these two books!
I also have tons of lessons in my Neffmusic store on the blues scales and the 12 bar blues both for alto and tenor saxophone. I always tell my students, “If you can master the blues scale and wail with it………..you are ready for your first gig!”