Here’s a quick lesson on playing the C blues scale on the piano. It’s a simple little scale and, combined with the nifty chords I teach you in this quick lesson, you’ll be making some pretty cool, bluesy sounds on the piano in no time!
It helps me to think of the C blues piano scale in two groups of notes:
Group 1 is C-Eb-F-Gb
Group 2 is G-Bb (and C, if you’re going to be descending after playing the top C note).
This helps me not only remember the scale, but helps with my fingering also. I play Group 1 with fingers 1-2-3-4 and Group 2 with fingers 1-2. I can then cross my thumb under my 2nd finger to start all over again, or simply play the top C with my middle (3rd) finger if I’ll be descending.
Here’s a color-coded image of the grouping – I like to think of this as the “shape” of the scale:
Now, just spend a few minutes each day playing around with the C blues scale and you’ll have it in your brain and fingers before you know it!
There are SO many scales you could possibly learn, but it only takes a few of them to really make a difference in your playing. I think of them as the “glue” that holds melody, harmony, improvisation, and all your piano playing together.
That’s why I created a whole course to really help you get the important scales into your fingers. It’s called Piano Scales… FAST! and you can check it out here.