Blues Scales

All the notes in the blues scale for each key up to the 24th fret.

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These are all the notes for the blues scale in each key. Most of you will probably already know the blues positions in each key, but for soloing and improvising, and even writing riffs, it is very handy to have all the notes written down. My suggestion is that you copy all the charts below, paste them into microsoft word and change the font to 'corier new', as it is easy to read in that font. Anyway, enjoy.
Blues scale in A:
e-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|
B-|--|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|16|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|8-|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|20|21|--|--|24|
D-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|13|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|22|--|24|
E-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|24|

Blues scale in B:
e-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|13|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
B-|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|22|--|24|
G-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|10|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|22|23|--|
D-|--|2-|3-|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|15|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
A-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|8-|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|20|21|--|--|24|
E-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|13|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|

Blues scale in C:
e-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|14|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
B-|--|--|--|4-|--|6-|7-|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|19|20|--|--|23|--|
G-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|24|
D-|--|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|16|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
A-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|9-|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|21|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|14|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|

Blues scale in D:
e-|--|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
B-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|9-|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|21|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|13|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|22|--|24|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|24|
E-|--|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|16|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|

Blues scale in E:
e0|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|20|--|24|
B0|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|24|
G0|--|2-|3-|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|15|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
D0|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|8-|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|20|21|--|--|24|
A0|1-|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|13|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
E0|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|22|--|24|

Blues scale in F:
e-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|7-|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|19|20|--|--|23|--|
B-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|12|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|24|
G-|1-|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|16|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
D-|1-|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|9-|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|21|22|--|--|
A-|1-|2-|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|14|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
E-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|7-|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|19|20|--|--|23|--|

Blues scale in G:
e-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|9-|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|21|22|--|--|
B-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|14|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
G-|--|--|3-|--|5-|6-|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|22|--|24|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|11|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|24|
A-|--|--|3-|4-|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|16|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|9-|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|21|22|--|--|

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    nihilus
    to answer keefer's question, blues scales are used very often. the legendary dimebag darrell used them for metal, you can also use them for jazz etc. i find it's the most useful scale.
    justin_fraser
    You idiots. There is no start or end. It's not a tab. Its a fretboard. With all the notes you can use on it. Dumasses
    lol exactly right, its not a tab
    DreamTheater03
    for those who don't know how to read this see if this helps, each scale is divided into 5 positions as they are called and these "tabs" show all 5 positions combined into one in tab format so everyone can read it. it shows you all the notes that fit into that certain scale. you dont use this for a tab, its to show what notes your allowed to play for that particular key. Lets say Stevie Ray Vaughan made a song in the key of E, and he stayed in that key throughout the song, you would find every note in the "Tab" for E blues scale. These are just to help visualize the scale for those that don't have the positions memorized.
    Ruccola95
    Man are people retardet?? Learn to read and btw good post, I find it very helpful ;D
    faker33
    Thanks man, this is exactly what I was looking for to save myself the time to write them out myself. . . . spot on.
    SlySimon
    Firstly thx for the effort it is very handy. It also displays perfect for me. For all the noobs, and idiots that post before reading the comments, I hope this helps. All the scales shown are blues scales (minor pentatonic) they are shown in there appropiate key. The lines represent strings and the numbers represent the frets. It is in tab format but isnt a tab as you can use all or any of the notes in the scale in any order to build riffs or licks. The types of songs they apply to is a silly question, provided you use the scale of the appropiate key and a little intuition it can be used in any song, it favours blues only for the chord progressions, ie the E minor pentatonic will fit perfectly the E, A and B chords generally used in blues. I hope all you that knock this, will read this and hopefully realise what a favour this guy has done you. Good Luck.
    Chedo
    YES! I UNDESTOOD THAT THE ONLY PROBLEM IS GONNA BE TO LEARN OF MEMORR ALL THOSE TABS!
    tortillaconcern
    to the cconfused: pick a scale, any scale. pluck each note individually in ANY order and it should sound like a solo, perhaps a bit slow but thats when you start practicing. I suggest you look at the CAGED blues scales link, it will put the patterns into perspective as they progress up and down the fretboard.
    franZka
    at the beginning, for me was difficult can read the scales in that way, but noww i'm learning, they're really good thanks guy =D
    boreddumb86
    I was jw why is it such a big deal about noobs i mean just cuz u have been playn longer and understand it doesnt mean u can play better. Wat i mean is instead of bn a ass why dnt u try helping those ppl. Oh and by the way it looks fine to me. great job on the whole scale.
    Megadeth77
    I like it, its great, but I would like to have the forms/blueprints for them. Thnx!!
    dennevhyn_31
    actually for first time readers of tabs, it will be quite hard to get at first. but anyway, the tabs are accurate and good. that will be helpful. good job dude! :
    rockshed22
    i really dont get it?! how can u do great solos if u mastered all scales, some one tell me..
    Timmy 110
    You guys suck i could read it straight away. You dont have to play it use the notes shown to write songs! The numbers are the frets. Great Scales Though. Do some Minor Ones
    shadowtiger
    Harmonius wrote: Sorry, but anyone can name a few scales and publish an article on them.
    And yet not enough people do it
    nickbalura
    hi there yea i like this tab its wicked the only one i can find on internet that does scales on all 21 frets i was wondering cause u have done the minor scales would u be able to do the A dorian scale
    sTx
    Keefer wrote: What would we use a blues scale for? Like, what does it combine well with?
    Blues, maybe?
    vaughanfan_jc07
    can some one help me out...are those all the numbers we can play in the scale? for example i can play the second fret on string D but not on string A? am i understanding that correctly? im not very familiar with blues scales and am trying to get serious about learning them and progressions. if some 1 can help me out on here or email me that would be cool
    dryh2o_podz11
    how will i play it??? just like pentatonic scale?? is this pattern right? do i have 2 put it in microsoft world just like u say to make it clearyer?? are this pattern grab by do re mi fa so la ti do?? could some one answer my questions!! dryh2o_podz11@yahoo.com
    TheWarlock724
    The fretboard layout makes sense to me... but I do have what may be a dumb question, or it might just be something that applies to the blues scale... here goes: Shouldn't any scale that includes the 12th fret include the open note on the string? Please don't kill me for asking... the octaves repeat on the 24 fret so I would only assume...
    jadahlke
    this is def. awesome if you're just learning, i'd suggest finding the key to an old bb king song and just play around with it. . .
    mikel724
    The question has been raised a few times, most recently by warlock724. Is anyone paying attention? Let me preamble: yes this is not a guitar tab and no I'm not talking about the Key of E. In the Key of A (minor -pentatonic scale) for instance, A,C,D,D#,E,G are notes of the scale, including the D# blues note. Therefore, not only are the OPEN STRINGS E,A,D and G not indicated on the Key of A chart, there is a substantial omission of "1" on the B string (C). There may be more errors as I didn't spend much time looking at this. -MikeL
    liquid85
    I'm new to theory, would you say that this scale in the key of E, is E minor pentatonic with flattened 2nd?
    bloody oaf
    You left out the open notes(the zero fret) for all scales apart from E. very handy anyway. you have to be retarded if you can't understand this guide.
    jucsville
    nice lesson. and for all you who don't get it, your either new to guitar or just ****ing retarded. but anyways thanks for a great lesson.