Use the Flatted Fifth in Your Blues Scale Licks

One great way to use the flatted fifth is to approach it from below, ascending from the fourth.
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One great way to use the flatted fifth is to approach it from below, ascending from the fourth (Example 4). Likewise, you can approach it from above by descending from the fifth as shown in the first measure of Example 5. Another great way to use this scale is by playing licks that move through the added note, essentially using it as a passing tone between the fourth and fifth degrees, as shown in Example 6.

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Andrew DuBrock
Andrew DuBrock

Singer-songwriter Andrew DuBrock was the music editor for Acoustic Guitar from 1999 to 2007 and wrote the popular book + video guide Acoustic Rock Basics.

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