Music Theory 10 : Blues Scale | Ilse Lozoya | Skillshare

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4 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Blues Scale

    • 3. Examples

    • 4. Super Tip

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About This Class

This class is dedicated to learn the famous Blues Scale. If you are currently studying music or any instrument or maybe you are just curious about this scale, this class is for you. You will learn how this scale is constructed, some examples and an interesting tip about this scale.


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Ilse Lozoya

Music teacher and Online Educator



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My name is Ilse Lozoya I am a pianist and educator, I love to teach online because I can share about music, piano, and education with student around the globe and I think this a wonderful thing in our days.

 My Skillshare classes are dedicated to music students, if you are a beginner or a advanced student I am pretty sure that you will find a class that can help you in your music journey, you will find classes basically about piano, music theory, ear training and education.





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1. Introduction: Hi. What? Come to this class? This glass is dedicated to learn a very important I'm famous scale Don't lose a scale. This glass is a number 10 in the music theory. Siri's we're going to learn how the blues scale Issa structure. We are going to analyze some examples so you can really construct the blast of scale that was escape from any note as its root. Plus, I'm going to give you a super cheap who is really going to help you to know how to use this very fun scale and very popular. Even if you are studying music as a hobby. Well, especially if you like the blues. This is this class is going to help you to really understand how to play this scale. My name is he'll settle. So yeah, I'm going to read your teacher in this class and I'm very happy to share. We do all about the blues scale. Welcome 2. Blues Scale: the blows a scale. What is the blues? A scale? Well, it's a very typical scale that is used to improvise not only when your plate the General called blues actually you can use this case to improvise in rock, Pop and many other generals and jowls. Also, what is a blister scale? Well, as we have learned in oldest music theory, serious classes every scale has its A structure and we learn must learn to understand this structure. Memorize the structure so we can really construct this scale using any note as its root this scale, it's related with the minor pentatonic scale. If you don't remember about Pentatonix, well, we analyze this in the class number nine. So if you want, you can take a look off the off That class here is the minor pentatonic. We are using the natural minor scale. In this case, we're using a minor. So there are no accident ALS when we play a minor a especially the natural minor scale. So we are using this a scale and we are choosing this Greats the first grade, third grade, fourth grade, fifth grade and seventh Grace. We are going to take the minor pentatonic, but we are going to have something. And this is called the Blue Note. Right here between the fourth and the sift graze, we're going to as an extra note, this is going to be the sixth note off. This a skill. So this is not gonna be a pentatonic scale anymore, because as we analyze, kente means five. So this is going to be a six note scale. What we're going to do Whoa! We're going to ask a flat to the fifth grade. We're going to lower to lower have a semi tone or how, Steph to the Fifth Grays. And the result is going to be this one. We are going to have a C, D, e, flat, natural, E and G. How is this going to sound? What? I'm going to play this for you. Oh, maybe you have recognized this. I'm going to play this one more time for you so you can identify how it sounds. I just play a simple phrase. Using the notes off the blues is scale. In the next class, we are going to analyze some other examples, and I'm going to give you very important keeping how to use this blues biscuit 3. Examples: Yes, tonight. Now let's do some examples about the Bruces skill. What we learned in the previous video is the structure off the blues is scale. Let's take a quick overview of this because this video is about to construct all the blues scales from any notes. And is this something? It is something that you are going to do ask as an exercise. First, the loss of scale comes from the minor pentatonic scale. The minor pentatonic Koran comes from the natural minor scale. While we're going to do, we are going to choose the greats. Number 1345 and seven. And we are going to ask 1/6 note. So this is no longer going to be a pentatonic scale because pentagrams comes from the number five. So we're going to ask. We're going to take the fifth grade and we're going to lower the note, how step or have semi tone or a semi tone. Sorry. So, as you can see the a blues a scale is going to read a see the e flat natural e and G and it sounds like this. Oh, what we're going to do, I'm going to give you the note on I want You to construct the scale. Consider in the natural minor scale on what we just said. So now Blake's posted a video interactive. It is by yourself, and you're going to need to construct the D blues a scale. Now let's take a look off the answer and this is the answer is going to be D F G. A flat natural, a ansi, and it's going to sound like this, uh, the next blues SK longer going to construct is from the E note, and the answer is E G A B flat, natural B and D. Now let's go to the F note, so try to notice by yourselves really going to help you. And the answer is F a flat beef that seek that see an e flat. Remember that See flat is played right in the same place than the being note. Why does the f lose the scale has all this flats because it comes from the natural minor scale. Now let's go to the G note, and the answer is G B flat C the flat, naturally, and if now let's go to the A note to start to the Beano. The A no tweet. So, Wanda, we analyze first. So the B note is going to be be the e f f sharp on a now the last one is going to be the C note going to be see if lot f g flat G and B flat. So as an assignment, try to construct the blue Siskiyou from the other notes that we didn't analyze. Right now, that is is the sheesh C sharp e flat f sharp, a flat and the flat all the white keys that you can say I want to play this of the panel. So try to do this and you can share old your results in the class private section, and I will be very happy to take a look off. Those are your results in the next video. I'm going to give you an important, deep and important that it is going to tell you how to use this when you improvise 4. Super Tip : in this last video off the blues a scale. I'm going to give you a super team. This is a super teeth. Why? Because this is scale is very used to improvise. So if you are a star player, piano player doesn't matter which instrument you you play. But it's very common, especially for guitar players. If you want to start improvising, where can you use this important? This bliss is scale to improvise any time that you find. If you find a dominant seventh course in any song, well, you can use the blues a scale. If you fi, you find C seven c them in and seven, then you can use the Cibeles the scale so it's very, very useful. And especially when you play any blues, it's very common to define on. Leave four courts so you don't need to really learn to how to play. Old of loser scales would say Good idea, of course, but you can really begin using this to improvise very, very soon. So what you need to do, just have fun and explore playing this notes off. This a skill thank you for have let me to share with you all this information. If you have any questions, please let me know. You can post your question and all will be very happy to answer it. Thank you.