Watch the Blues Scale online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

The next logical place to move after the minor pentatonic scale is the blues scale. In considering the intervallic construction of the blues scale, we'll see how it is exactly the same as the minor pentatonic scale with the addition of a chromatic passing tone between the 4th and 5th degrees. This is known as the b5, which has also come to be known as the "blue note". You've heard it throughout your life, and now we're going to learn how to extract that bluesy sound from this scale.