Minor Pentatonic Blues Worksheet

Minor Pentatonic Blues Worksheet

This worksheet can be used in-tandem with the minor pentatonic blues chart that I posted last month. It includes a breakdown of the intervals in a minor pentatonic blues scale, as well as a reminder about the number of half-steps in each specific interval.

Blues Scale Worksheet

In order to keep it flexible for the teacher, I did not assign specific scales – either let the student pick which scales they want to build, or assign specific ones by filling in the blanks. Click here to download the PDF: Minor Pentatonic Blues Scale Worksheet.

When I first started using the chart in my studio, I had several students point out a pretty obvious “mistake”…

“Why is it called pentatonic blues when there are seven notes in the scale? Shouldn’t there be five?”

… look out, here comes a mini theory lesson!

cminorblues

First, I explained that there are only actually six notes in the scale. In a C minor blues scale, we can’t count C twice. That makes the six notes of the scale the following: C – E♭ – F – G♭ – G – B♭

… but the question still remains: Where does that sixth note come from? A pentatonic scale should have five notes.

The answer is in the name of the scale! We call it the “C Minor Pentatonic Blues,” right? Well, chop off the blues part, and you’re left with “C Minor Pentatonic,” which would look like this:

cminorpentatonicThat means that the extra note is G♭ – or a flat five. This is our “blue note” – it gives the minor pentatonic blues an extra kick. Without the flat five, it would just be a plain old minor pentatonic scale.

Well, I hope you find all this info handy in your lessons! Thanks for reading.

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2 Comments

  • by Laney Posted April 27, 2019 1:37 pm

    Hi! I can’t access the worksheet. It keeps saying I need to log in to the site even when I have. I was able to download the chart of scales but not this worksheet.

    • by Sara Campbell Posted April 27, 2019 1:59 pm

      Hey Laney. Thanks for letting me know about this issue. The links should be fixed now! I finally retired the old wordpress.com website, and so I think there might be a few broken links lurking around. Again, thanks for the heads up!

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