Musical Composition, Theory and Songwriting/scales


In blues or jazz you often use the minor blues scale. There is also a major blues scale. So there are two kinds of blues scales. Does a jazz or blues musician ever need to be bothered about the major blues scale?

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Ansolutely. Blues scales are very basic but a nice fit for simple tunes. Both the major and the minor blues scale have their place. While the minor blues scale often is used over a major chord progression to give that "blue note" edgy sound, the major blues scale can have virtually the same effect over minor chords, ofen a progression based on the relative minor.

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D C DowDell will answer questions about Jazz improvisation, composition, chord voicing, scales and modes, practice techniques and ear training. Professor DowDell also enjoys discussions on Jazz musicology and the evolution of style.

D C DowDell is a professional Jazz pianist/composer who currently teaches online Jazz studies at A Passion for Jazz!. Professor DowDell has been teaching music for over 30 years at 2 major universities, several community colleges as well as accepting students for private study.


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