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Extended blues scale forms

The best way to think of these extended blues scale forms is as connections between the 5 position forms that you just learned.

 

 

 

 

 

A Blues (extended form 1)
scale functions

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
   |                                                     |
  3rd fret                                             12th fret

Suggested fingering

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|--1--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
   |                                                     |
  3rd fret                                             12th fret

 

Below is a diagram that shows how the individual forms fit into this bigger extended form.

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|______form 1_____| 
            |______form 2_____|    
                        |_________form 3________|  
                                          |______form 4_____|  

 

 

A Blues (extended form 2)
scale functions

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
   |                                                     |
  8th fret                                             17th fret

Suggested fingering

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--3--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|--1--|-----|--3--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|--1--|-----|--1--|--2--|--3--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
   |                                                     |
  8th fret                                             17th fret

 

Below is a diagram that shows how the individual forms fit into this bigger extended form.

|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|
|-----|-----|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|
|-----|-----|-7--|-----|--1--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|-3--|-----|--4--|-5--|--5--|-----|-----|-----|-----|-----|
|______form 3_____| 
            |______form 4_____|    
                        |_________form 5________|  
                                          |______form 1_____|  

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