ESSENTIAL RESOURCE:
12 BAR BLUES BACKING TRACKS IN ALL KEYS & SCALE PATTERNS

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C Blues 

F Blues
Bb Blues
Eb Blues
Ab Blues
Db Blues
F# Blues
B Blues
E Blues
A Blues
D Blues
G Blues

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MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE THEORY AND PATTERNS

Each Minor Pentatonic Scale contains 5 different notes, which are the 1, 3, 4, 5, 7 scale degrees from a natural minor scale. Here are the notes in each minor pentatonic scale:

C Minor Pentatonic: C Eb F G Bb
F Minor Pentatonic: F Ab Bb C Eb
Bb Minor Pentatonic: Bb Db Eb F Ab
Eb Minor Pentatonic: Eb Gb Ab Bb Db
Ab Minor Pentatonic: Ab Cb Db Eb Gb
Db Minor Pentatonic: Db Fb Gb Ab Cb
F# Minor Pentatonic: F# A B C# E
B Minor Pentatonic: B D E F# A
E Minor Pentatonic: E G A B D
A Minor Pentatonic: A C D E G
D Minor Pentatonic: D F G A C
G Minor Pentatonic: G Bb C D F

MAJOR PENTATONIC SCALE THEORY & PATTERNS

Each Major Pentatonic Scale contains 5 different notes, which are the 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 scale degrees from a major scale. Here are the notes in each major pentatonic scale: 

C Major Pentatonic: C D E G A
F Major Pentatonic: F G A C D
Bb Major Pentatonic: Bb C D F G
Eb Major Pentatonic: Eb F G Bb C
Ab Major Pentatonic: Ab Bb C Eb F
Db Major Pentatonic: Db Eb F Ab Bb
F# Major Pentatonic:  F# G# A# C# D#
B Major Pentatonic:  B C# D# F# G#
E Major Pentatonic: E F# G# B C#
A Major Pentatonic:  A B C# E F#
D Major Pentatonic:  D E F# A B
G Major Pentatonic: G A B D E

BLUES SCALE THEORY & PATTERNS

If we add one additional note (the b5) to a minor pentatonic scale, we have the blues scale. Here are 12 blues scales:

C Blues: C Eb F Gb G Bb
F Blues: F Ab Bb Cb C Eb
Bb Blues: Bb Db Eb Fb F Ab
Eb Blues: Eb Gb Ab Bbb Bb Db
Ab Blues: Ab Cb Db Ebb Eb Gb 
Db Blues: Db Fb Gb Abb Ab Cb
F# Blues: F# A B C C# E
B Blues: B D E F F# A 

E Blues: E G A Bb B D 
A Blues: A C D Eb E G 
D Blues: D F G Ab A C
G Blues: G Bb C Db D F  

 

The Blues Scale Patterns are a little trickier than the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns. Even though the blues scale just contains one additional note, there are different ways you may want to fret those notes depending on the line you are playing. The only pattern that does not have a tricky shift/slide is the 6th string root pattern. Below, you will find my fretting preferences for the ascending and descending Blues Scales.

Ascending Blues Scale Patterns:

Descending Blues Scale Patterns: