Blues


Fingering for all blues scales

QuestionQuestion
Carol Z., Ohio

Blues & Improv – is there a method for fingering the blues scale in other keys? I understand developing the shapes, but do we just find the most comfortable way of fingering?

Answer
Neil Moore

C:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 5 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1

F:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 5 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1

Bb:
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1
LH 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3

Eb:
RH 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1
LH 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3 2 1 3

Ab:
RH 3 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4
LH 3 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2

Db:
RH 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

Gb:
RH 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

B:
RH 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

E:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

A:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

D:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1 3

G:
RH 1 2 3 4 1 3 1 2 3 4 1 3 1
LH 5 3 1 4 3 2 1 3 1 4 3 2 1