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#2049579 - 03/17/13 10:13 AM Fingering for Blues Scales?
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I'm just getting started on a computer-based Blues Piano Class and want to make sure that I start on the right foot. I'm at the point where the C Blues Scale is being introduced, and want to get it etched into my brain properly by practicing that scale (and eventually others) on my digital piano. (I already know most major and minor scales, but Blues is completely new to me.) Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any reference to fingering in the course (at least up until now...).

Is there anywhere that the proper fingering (both left and right hand) for this scale (and others) is illustrated? Or since Blues is basically improvisational, does that mean that a specific, consistent fingering is not important, in which case I guess I'm making more out of this than necessary? I've always been taught specific fingerings for specific scales, so not being shown this is new to me.

Thanks!
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#2049704 - 03/17/13 01:54 PM Re: Fingering for Blues Scales? [Re: newbert]
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Originally Posted By: newbert
I'm just getting started on a computer-based Blues Piano Class and want to make sure that I start on the right foot. I'm at the point where the C Blues Scale is being introduced, and want to get it etched into my brain properly by practicing that scale (and eventually others) on my digital piano. (I already know most major and minor scales, but Blues is completely new to me.) Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any reference to fingering in the course (at least up until now...).

Is there anywhere that the proper fingering (both left and right hand) for this scale (and others) is illustrated? Or since Blues is basically improvisational, does that mean that a specific, consistent fingering is not important, in which case I guess I'm making more out of this than necessary? I've always been taught specific fingerings for specific scales, so not being shown this is new to me.

Thanks!


Hi Newbert,
I wrote my right hand fingering for the blues scale in all 12 keys in this article here. http://www.freejazzlessons.com/blues-scale-piano/ I hope this helps and congrats on your blues class! smile

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#2049738 - 03/17/13 03:28 PM Re: Fingering for Blues Scales? [Re: Steve Nixon]
newbert Offline
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Originally Posted By: Steve Nixon
Originally Posted By: newbert
I'm just getting started on a computer-based Blues Piano Class and want to make sure that I start on the right foot. I'm at the point where the C Blues Scale is being introduced, and want to get it etched into my brain properly by practicing that scale (and eventually others) on my digital piano. (I already know most major and minor scales, but Blues is completely new to me.) Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any reference to fingering in the course (at least up until now...).

Is there anywhere that the proper fingering (both left and right hand) for this scale (and others) is illustrated? Or since Blues is basically improvisational, does that mean that a specific, consistent fingering is not important, in which case I guess I'm making more out of this than necessary? I've always been taught specific fingerings for specific scales, so not being shown this is new to me.

Thanks!


Hi Newbert,
I wrote my right hand fingering for the blues scale in all 12 keys in this article here. http://www.freejazzlessons.com/blues-scale-piano/ I hope this helps and congrats on your blues class! smile

Have fun.


Thanks for that, Steve. Just what I was looking for.

However, is it useful to practice these scales with the left hand as well? If so, are there any recommended fingerings for the left hand?

Thanks again!
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#2051022 - 03/19/13 06:27 PM Re: Fingering for Blues Scales? [Re: newbert]
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I use some of the fingerings presented in these videos. Some I've rejected. The concept of a two octave fingering is a good one for some keys, as is one fingering for up and a different fingering for down.



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#2051042 - 03/19/13 07:35 PM Re: Fingering for Blues Scales? [Re: TromboneAl]
Mark Green Offline
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Thanks for sharing!
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#2057744 - 04/01/13 11:29 AM Re: Fingering for Blues Scales? [Re: newbert]
Michael Martinez Offline
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I don't know about "proper" fingering, but the three-fingered claw method works well.

honestly, when improvising correct finger is not as important as knowing what to play and when to play it.
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