HOW TO PLAY BLUES 101

Improvising Over The Blues

The great thing about the blues is that the blues language very easily translates to many other styles of music such as rock, country, pop, etc; you can simply play the blues in many other musical contexts, and they would still sound great! When improvising over the blues, there are two basic scales that you can use: 

 

1. Major pentatonic

2. Minor Pentatonic

Here are four easy-to-play blues lines for piano to help you get started on improvisation and playing the blues!  The following blues lines are based off the notes from these scales: 

It is recommended that you master these lines individually, and then try mixing them up, and coming up with your own original phrases! Here is a demo of how it would sound like when you put them altogether! 

Be sure also to check out our lesson on How To Play Jazz!

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