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Music Theory

What Is A Blues Scale In F?

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What Is A Blues Scale In F?

A blues scale in F is a six-note scale that consists of the notes F, Ab, Bb, B, Db, and E. The intervals between the notes are whole-step, half-step, whole-step, whole-step, half-step and whole-step. This scale is used to create a bluesy sound in music and is often used in jazz and blues music.

What Is Blues Scale In Music?

A blues scale is a musical scale used in blues music. It is essentially a minor pentatonic scale with an added chromatic note (the flattened fifth, or “blue note”) between the fourth and fifth degrees. The blues scale is also used in jazz and rock music.

What Songs Use The Blues Scale In F?

Have you heard of these famous songs that have used the blues scale in F? If not, then I would give them a listen today. 

“Crossroads” by Robert Johnson

“Call It Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker

“Sweet Home Chicago” by Robert Johnson

“The Thrill Is Gone” by B.B. King

“I’m Tore Down” by Freddie King

“Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett

I think Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett is a favourite of mine, maybe it will become yours. 

Playing The Blues Scale In F On Guitar

The blues scale in F is a six-note scale that consists of the following notes: F, Ab, Bb, B, C, and Eb. To play this scale on the guitar, start by playing the root note (F) on the sixth string, the fifth fret. Then, move to the fourth string, third fret (Ab), the third string, second fret (Bb), the second string, first fret (B), the first string, first fret (C), and the fourth string, third fret (Eb). To complete the scale, move back to the sixth string, the fifth fret (F).

It is important to add that the Blues Scale in F can be played on any other instrument that can play the notes of the scale. This includes instruments such as the piano, bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, flute, and many more. 

Closing Thoughts

So now you know all about the blues scale in F, and you will be a pro mastering your technique to get the scale just right. Let us know how you get on in the comments, and what new music you create using this blues scale. 


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