Forever Site Access Membership for $149 and never worry about a subscription again! Annual plan also available.

Live Streaming, Learning Ukulele with Curt on YouTube Every Thursday at 1100 EDT (USA) (-4UTC)

News

Ukulele

More Uke

Jammin'

Jazz

Chords

Lessons

Series

Songs

Books

Videos

Glossary

Ukes

Calendar

Access

Search

About

Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele

A practical approach to learning the Blues and Pentatonic scales on `ukulele.

PUBLISHED: Jan 2, 2005 UPDATED: Feb 12, 2019VIEWS: 116 • LESSON CODE: UL13

Instruments: ukulele Subjects: scalesbluesbeginnerintermediatequickstartimprovisationlearning

This Download is NOT part of your LearningUkulele.com membership level. Sign-up for a Site Access or Upgrade your current access level to download this PDF or your can purchase a copy for download.

Each PDF file is a formatted high resolution file that prints out great. You'll need Adobe Reader or a PDF viewing application to view your PDF file.

Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele

Learn the Blues ( Minor Pentatonic ) and Pentatonic ( Major Pentatonic ) scales on ukulele.

A practical approach to learning theses two essential scales using the Blues scale.

Scales like chords, are typically learned as shapes using chord grids, TAB or any number of methods. They show a fingerboard shape, what strings to play and possibly the fingers that are used to play the scale. But what are the names of the notes? What chords can I use them with? You are usually left to fend for yourself.

These five note scales, the Major Pentatonic and the Blues or Minor Pentatonic scales are two of the most common scales used in contemporary music. This lesson focuses on the blues scale in the common key of D.

End of Lesson - Thanks, Hope You Enjoyed It!

Download or View PDF for Complete Lesson

Download this lesson's PDF file for the latest, complete, and most up-to-date version of the lesson. As well as additional information not presented on-line.

Members and Active Students need to sign-in
to download this lesson's PDF for the complete lesson.

Related Lessons

Related Lessons for Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele at this time.

What is the Blues? • Updated: Mar 12, 2019

The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today. The Blues - a chord progression, a scale, a feeling. This lesson presents an introduction to the blues progression and a couple of scale position of the pentatonic scale to get you started improvising.

Six Essential Scales for `Ukulele • Updated: Apr 3, 2020

The six essential scales are: Blues Major Pentatonic Mixolydian Dorian Aeolian and Ionian From the six essential scales, you can get through a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music. A scale is simply a collection of pitches or notes, not really a "this is a Jazz scale", "this is a Blues" or "this is a Rock scale". It's how a scale is used that really matters not its name.

Related Books

Related Books for Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele at this time.

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, C Tuning - Blues Scale
Updated: Jul 1, 2019

The Blues or Minor Pentatonic is one of six essential scales for ALL ukulele players. One octave scale fingering solutions for strings four and three and any finger with the Blues scale chords are covered in all keys. Sample chord progressions for practice are included. Tunings: C with low or high G - (GCEA or gCEA).

QuickStart Scale Fingerings for Ukulele, Volume I, C Tuning
Updated: Jun 24, 2006

Learn to create exciting solos in a variety of contemporary styles! Scales are used to improvise, create melodies and riffs. With a broad knowledge of the essential scales that are used in contemporary music and a mastery of the ukulele's fingerboard and fingering principles you're well on your way.

A Guide to Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele A to Z
Updated: Jun 15, 2006

The Blues are at the heart of all American music. It has influenced Country, Rock, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass and just about every form of American music we listen to today. 26 blues progression in C and G tuning, progressing from basic to advanced jazz progression, with chord grids and substitutions explained.

Daily Practice Material for the Contemporary Ukulele
Updated: Nov 20, 2019

An organized collection of daily practice and reference material for the contemporary ukulele player. This material can be used to develop the vocabulary and knowledge necessary for single note playing. Material includes: Scales, Intervals, Arpeggios and Sequences, the source material for improvisation.

Related Songs

Related Songs for Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele at this time.

Kelle Belle Updated: Oct 16, 2011

An original jazz blues by Curt Sheller for his youngest daughter Kelly from his 2002 "Midnight at the Jazz Cafe" CD.

Blues in G Updated: Mar 20, 2018

A basic / standard I, IV, V blues in the key of G major.

Midnight Cafe Updated: Feb 21, 2016

An original jazz blues by Curt Sheller from The Curt Sheller Trio 2002 "Midnight at the Jazz Cafe" CD using more contemporary 4-part chords.

Sunny Updated: Oct 1, 2011

Sunny is the name of a song written by Bobby Hebb. It is one of the most covered popular songs, with hundreds of versions released. BMI rates "Sunny" number 25 in its "Top 100 songs of the century".

QuickStart Blues Playalong Tracks Updated: Dec 9, 2019

The QuickStart Blues Play-along Tracks from the QuickStart Chord Progressions for Lead Guitar. These tracks are suitable for any instruments. The Blues scale is also known by as: Minor Pentatonic and can be though of as a sub set of the Natural Minor / Aeolian scale.

QuickStart Aeolian Playalong Tracks Updated: Dec 9, 2019

The QuickStart Aeolian Play-along Tracks play-along tracks from the QuickStart Chord Progressions for Lead Guitar. These tracks are suitable for any instruments.

Related Lesson Series

Related Lessons Series for Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele at this time.

Blues Chord Progressions Updated: Jan 1, 2003

From A to Z - These are the 26 blues chord progressions, extracted from my book "Blues Chord Progressions for Ukulele from A to Z" for use with on-line and private students.

QuickStart Chord Progressions Play-along Series Updated: Jan 1, 2003

QUICKSTART Rhythm Section CD contains 24 unique styles designed for contemporary lead guitar. Each track is devoted to a scale covered in the QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Lead Guitar and QUICKSTART Scale Fingerings for Ukulele.

Related Lesson Files, Resources and Assets

Related Assets for Learning The Blues Scale on `Ukulele at this time.

Sunny - Lead Sheet, Key of Am Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Sunny - Premium Play-along Track Updated: Dec 31, 2016

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 1 - Shuffle, Play-along Track Updated: Oct 25, 2017

Explore creating solo, leads, and improvisation with this Blues play-along track in the common "Key of A." Great for exploring the Blues scale fingerings from the "QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Series" of books. A standard I IV V 12 bar blues progression in the key of A using A7, D7, and E7 chords.

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 2 - 12-8, Play-long Track Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Am Blues play-along track for exploring the Blues scale from the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio series of books. This is a standard 12 bar blues progression in the key of Am using Am, Dm, Fmaj7 and E7.

QuickStart Progressions Blues Track 3 - Light Rock, Play-long Track Updated: Dec 31, 2016

Light Rock play-along track for exploring the Blues scale from the QuickStart Scale and Arpeggio Series of books.

Site Access Plans for LearningUkulele.com

Forever Access - With Forever Premium Access, you get Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources, related assets, and ALL books by Curt as FREE downloads. Pretty much everything on the site and NEVER worry about a subscription or surprise payment again. And jump the queue for responding to any questions.

If your anything like me (Curt) and getting Subscription overloaded with everything on-line wanting money from you once a month — I'm with you. For like-minded individuals, this forever plan is a pay once and your done.

The price for Unlimited Forever access is right around the cost of a few months of private lessons. I can guarantee that is more material on-line to keep you busy for a long, long time. And, you get all of my books for FREE. That along is more than the cost of this plan.

Premium Access - This premium gives you Unlimited 24/7 access to ALL lessons, downloads, songs, play-along jam tracks, videos, email access to Curt, resources and related assets. As well as ALL books by Curt Sheller as FREE downloads.

Basic Access - A limited selection of basic lessons — ( currently over 140 ) and 100+ songs for ukulele as well as basic general music reference material — Completely FREE — Simply Register/Signup. HOWEVER - I've been doing ukulele and LearningUkulele.com since 2003 and probably have given too much away already - as reflected in my income from the site in relationship to the time spent on the site. So help support this site and its continued development by signing up for one of the below Premium Access Plans or buy a few of my books. - Thanks, Curt

NOTE: Each higher access level includes ALL the benefits of the lower levels. Private Lessons include all the benefits of a Premium Access Plans as long as you remain a student on the schedule.


Just browsing over both books, they look fantastic! I'm a guitarist and uke player for over 25 years and was thinking about writing a ukulele book but you've already written what I think are the best, most comprehensive and thorough books I've ever seen for the instrument. I just might end up buying every book you've written and I'll be giving my highest recommendation for your books to my friends and students. Thank you so much for taking the time to write such great books!Peter Rhee

Aloha, Curt, All I can say is WOW! What you have accomplished is simply incredible! All the bestGlen Hirabayashi, The Aloha Boys

Folks, if you haven't stopped by Curt's site, do so right now! ..And get his books, they are fantastic. This guy knows his stuff and is able to pass it along too.Alan Johnson Proprietor, The 4th Peg

I can highly recommend Curt's Uke books — I have four of them and they are excellent.fatveg — Portland

Thanks for visiting and checking out the site!

curtieAnim.gif rw.vg.gif

Original Curtie Animation from 1987 for my first web site on a Macintosh II. 34 years ago. Man, does time fly.

“Built for myself (Curt), and sharing with the `Ukulele community!”

LearningUkulele.com has one of the largest collections of lessons, songs, and TABS, luthiers, ukulele builders, ukulele festival and club information, and, ukulele links on the web. I’ve been on the ®Internet since the early 1990's and This site just never stops growing!!!

Content is added and updated almost daily - so check back often. I really do need to get out more ;-)