Blues Scale Turnarounds
In this lesson we embellish the turnaround section using blues scales. We introduce blues scale phrases and licks that are built from both the major and minor blues scales and we examine which chords are suited to which blues scale variation.
The minor blues scale is well-suited to the harmony of the IV chord, and the major blues scale works well over the I and V chords. Towards the end of the lesson we intertwine both major and minor blues scale embellishments in a single turnaround phrase.
Apply To The Different Registers
Shifting the blues scale phrases and licks up and down the keyboard to the different octaves can be used to create textural effects and voicing possibilities. We apply the same blues scale phrases in the middle of the piano, and also in the higher and lower octaves.
Remember that using blues scales in the turnaround passage is just one of many options that we have available to us. In this module we cover 4 distinctly different approaches to navigating the turnaround and so be sure to practice these individually and apply them spontaneously and creatively when playing the 12 bar blues.
Minor & Major Blues Scales Turnarounds File Type: pdf