Lets say im in the key of C blues,

what chords would fit behind it, and do the triads in the chords follow the same fomula as the blues scale?

1 b3 4 b5 5 b7 1

My music teacher told me something about using the third and seventh degree only to get a nice jazzy sound, can someone please clear this up a bit?
With what I think your saying the
1=C
b3=Eb
4=F
b5=Gb
5=A
b7=b#
1=C

You would just count the notes out for 1 which is the root you for have C because your in C blues then you would count the third then make it flat and so on and so forth.
I know now what I knew then, but I didn't know then what I know now
You can take any note in the scale, make it into a powerchord (root/5th/octave) and that can be used. Or you can use these chords and they will fit nicely:

Cm
Cm7
Cdim
Csus4
D#
D#m
D#sus2
Fsus4
Fsus2
A#sus4
A#sus2
...
The b3 designate a minor scale...the b7 is just an extension of a minor scale

You can play it like this

whatever chords you solo over ..use that formula

lets say it's a 12 bars blues or I,IV,V moment or C,F,G

You can add a b7 to the chords... C7, F7,G7

or this Cmaj7, Fmaj7, G7

when soloing over the G chord...start the count from the G note
When over the F chord..start the count from the F note

some people don't recognized it as the Blues scale.
They see it as a Minor pentatonic with an option note ...(the b5)

So they change it to Amin...which is the relative of C.

The movement will still be in I,IV,V..but the Amin chord is shuffle as the I chord.
So you can play Amin, Dmin and E7.

The easiest why to get started is to just make one riff. (using the fornula)
Use that same riff over a corrosponding chord.

This will help you to change tone/pitch as the chords change in the movement.
After a you get comfortable...you'll learn to do better phrasing with
Last edited by Ordinary at May 13, 2008,
Why are you bringing A minor into the discussion? All that's doing is confusing matters - the TS asked for advice in playing in C.

TS, just to be spot on with terminology there's no such key as "C blues", C blues is a scale, namely the minor pentatonic with an additional flat 5th.

Presumably you mean playing a blues in C, so that would be a I IV V progression as Ordinary said - the first half of his post is spot on, just ignore the everything from Am onwards.

If you mean you're playing a solo using a C blues scale and are looking for chords to put "under" it then you're approaching it the wrong way round really. It's the chords themselves that define the key, and you choose a scale that fits with the chord progression and the tonality it establishes.
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All of the Minor chords has b3 in them...min7 has b7
I guess that's why some people approch it like that.
So you don't have to worry about the b3 and b7 of the formula
or only using it some of the time

It don't really matter to me either way.
Last edited by Ordinary at May 13, 2008,