The f blues scale improvisation lesson.
The blues scale Constructed of the 1st , flattened 3rd, 4th, flatted 5th, 5th, flatted 7th of the major scale.
The f blues scale is notes are F Ab Bb B C Eb F
12 bar blues in F are made up of Fmajor dom 7, BbMajor dom 7 and Cmajor dom 7.
This lesson had 2 pianos, drums 2 guitars and sax and me on vocal scatting the F major blues scale.
We started off playing a speed that came natural then Robin came in a said it was far to fast! Thank god! I thought… the new speed gave me time to think.
Interesting with the two pianos, both seemed to be playing in the same octave when doing chords. Robin pointed out to one of the guys and got one of the guys to play in the lower octave… this worked well.
It’s the same thing as when a bassist and guitarist get together and jam. I work with a guitarist called Michael Fairbairn who said the other night along the lines of “ its great to jam with the bass and acoustic because you can let the bass take care of the root notes and do something different and play the higher end of the scales to make it more interesting” that wasn’t word for word but I totally get it and it makes things so much interesting – GOLDEN RULE you need to know your scales and positions of each chord and the notes in the chords to make this successful.
Around came my time to scat over the track. I could only hear the chord tones so I riffed over it in the root notes of the chords, it fits but I tried to mix it with the blues scale… pretty difficult for a signer, I was picturing the shape on the guitar of the blues scale. The only real way to get better at this for me is to practice it and raise the want to improvise over tracks.
Big lesson for today is how it opens your mind to possibilities for songs, simple stuff, I wish I knew years ago.