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Minor Pentatonic vs Blues Scale

This is a quick one comparing the minor pentatonic scale to the blues scale.

The minor pentatonic scale consists of just 5 notes: the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th notes of the natural minor. It has a very clean and simple sound and is very popular amongst beginners because there are no 'avoid' notes. It is a great scale to learn when getting into improvisation.

The blues scale is pretty much identical to the minor pentatonic, except the addition of 1 extra note: the flat 5. The note is crucial in the blues scale because it is what gives it that real bluesy sound.

You should practice both separately, and once you are comfortable with each one you should then work on blending them together to expand your improvisational skills.