Free Minor Pentatonic Blues Scale Chart
Here’s a little something that I’ve been working with in the studio this week! I have quite a few students who are fans of playing the blues. Since our weather has been so “blue” up here, I thought it might be fun to work on our improv skills with minor pentatonic blues scales.
This is also a great way to jazz up a student’s scale warm-ups. Switch out the regular two-octave major/minor scales for a minor pentatonic blues scale. Have them “swing it” up and down the piano. For more advanced students, have them play a 12 or 16-bar blues form underneath.
Even beginner piano students can have fun practicing blues improv – just have them stick to the black keys while you improv on E♭ minor pentatonic blues. It doesn’t take up too much lesson time, and students will be really proud of the music that they can make!
Voice Student Challenge: Have your singers practice blues vocalises as a warm-up!
For the full PDF chart, click here to download: Minor Pentatonic Blues Chart. You can also click on the image below and use it in PNG format.
Do you play around with the blues in your studio? I’m always look for new ideas.
Please share your blues improv ideas and/or your favorite blues piano pieces in the comments below!
Happy Friday, everyone!