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Blues Scale Tabs

The blues scale is commonly used in many styles of music. While predominantly used in blues and rock music, it is certainly not limited to just playing the blues and find's it's way into anything from funk to jazz. The tabs below are for the A blues scale, just move each pattern to start the root on a different fret to change the key.

A Blues Scale Position 1. Root note on 6th string, 5th fret

E||--------------------------5-8---||
B||----------------------5-8-------||
G||----------------5-7-8-----------||
D||------------5-7-----------------||
A||------5-6-7---------------------||
E||--5-8---------------------------||

A Blues Scale Position 2. Root note on 4th string, 7th fret

E||-------------------------------8-10-11-||
B||--------------------------8-10---------||
G||--------------------7-8-9--------------||
D||---------------7-10--------------------||
A||----------7-10-------------------------||
E||--8-10-11------------------------------||

A Blues Scale Position 3. Root note on 5th string, 12th fret

E||-------------------------------------10-11-12---||
B||-------------------------------10-13------------||
G||--------------------------9-12------------------||
D||-----------------10-12-13-----------------------||
A||-----------10-12--------------------------------||
E||--10-11-12--------------------------------------||

A Blues Scale Position 4. Root note on 5th string, 12th fret

E||--------------------------------------12-15---||
B||-----------------------------13-15-16---------||
G||-----------------------12-14------------------||
D||--------------12-13-14------------------------||
A||--------12-15---------------------------------||
E||--12-15---------------------------------------||

A Blues Scale Position 5. Root note on 6th string, 5th fret

E||--------------------------3-5---||
B||--------------------3-4-5-------||
G||----------------2-5-------------||
D||------------2-5-----------------||
A||------3-5-6---------------------||
E||--3-5---------------------------||