Play a Minor Blues | Hub Guitar

Play a Minor Blues

The minor blues is just like the 12-bar blues, except both the I chord and the IV chord appear as minor chords.

This has the effect of giving the whole tune a less cheerful sound. It also calls for a somewhat different approach when playing scales.

The Chord Progression

Materials to Use

  • Beginners: Use the C minor pentatonic
  • Intermediate: Use the C blues scale (minor pentatonic with ♭5 added); you can also use C natural minor.

The Chords

You can find chords to use by following the links below:

Basic Scales

C Minor Pentatonic

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c natural
g natural
d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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f natural
c natural
g natural
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d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
d sharp, e flat
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C Blues Scale

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c natural
g natural
d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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f sharp, g flat
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f natural
c natural
g natural
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d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f sharp, g flat
d sharp, e flat
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More Scales

C Minor

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c natural
d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
f natural
c natural
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g sharp, a flat
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d natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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d sharp, e flat
a sharp, b flat
g sharp, a flat
d sharp, e flat
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g natural
d natural
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C Harmonic Minor

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c natural
g natural
d sharp, e flat
f natural
c natural
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g sharp, a flat
b natural
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d natural
f natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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d sharp, e flat
g sharp, a flat
d sharp, e flat
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b natural
d natural
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Backing Track

When you’ve learned all of the chords and scales, play them along with the track. Improvise your own solo using the scales.

Exercises

  • Play the chords C-9, F-9, and G7♯9 along with the track.
  • If you know any other versions of these chords, try those instead.
  • Play the C blues scale along with the track, in time.
  • Play the C pentatonic minor scale along with the track, in time.
  • Advanced players: try playing the full minor scale, and switching to the harmonic minor over the G7 chord.
  • Develop 2-3 short melodies using the scales. Each melody should consist of 5-10 notes. Play the melodies with the track.

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