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Blues - Seven-Note Scale

This seven-note (septatonic) scale adds one additional “Blue Note” to the Blues scale, the major seventh of the scale in addition to the other notes in the Blues Six-Note scale. There are several ways of fingering this new note … use your ear to figure out which one you like best.

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SNAFT Format

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Full Name: Minor Blues Seven-Note

Other Names:

  • Blues and Bebop combined scale

Scale steps: 3-2-1-1-3-1-1

Sound Samples

Here's a sample of the basic scale as well as a woven scale on an E minor Native American flute:

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Nakai Tablature and Notes

Blues Seven-Note Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Six-Hole Flutes

Blues Seven-Note Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Five-Hole Flutes

Blues Seven-Note Scale

Woven Scale Exercise

Blues Seven-Note Woven Scale

 
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