The Minor Blues Scale with a Major Third | Guitar Diagrams and Theory

The minor blues scale with a major third

There are three types of minor blues scales depending on whether they include the major third (3), the flat fifth (b5) or the major seventh (7). This is a very cool scale when you want to spice up the common minor pentatonic scale. Guitar students can get a lot of benefit out of learning these three scales. Adding a supplementary note to a pentatonic scale creates a hexatonic scale (a scale with six notes). The minor pentatonic scale with a major third is spelled : 1-b3-3-4-5-b7. Let's take the G minor pentatonic scale which is G-Bb-C-D-F. To get the G minor pentatonic scale you just have to add the major third (B), thus giving G-Bb-B-C-D-F.

Comparison with the minor pentatonic scale and the two other minor blues scales

Now, let's compare the three minor blues scale with the common minor pentatonic scale.

Minor pentatonic scale 1 b3 4 5 b7  
Minor blues scale with the major third 1 b3 3 4 5 b7
Minor blues scale with the flat fifth 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7
Minor blues scale with the major seventh 1 b3 4 5 b7 7


Minor blues scale guitar diagrams

Minor blues scale guitar diagrams

How to use the minor blues scale

The following jazz guitar lick show how the minor blues scale can be played over a dominant 7 chord. In that case we will be playing the G minor blues scale over G7.

Minor blues lick for guitar

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Last edited: 12/23/2018