Six note Em or E minor blues scale for guitar / Six note Em blues scale with flatted 5th (B)

This page will present the six note Em blues scale and all patterns associated with this blues scale. This scale includes the flatted 5th tone (B) of the E minor scale. The distinguishing note is that peculiar flatted 5th notes (B). This is the tone that provides much of the singular tonality of the blues. This additional note, when added to the Em pentatonic scale, and played with taste, conveys much of the emotion and mystery of the blues. The challenge is, of course, to learn how to coax that emotion and mystery from your soul and your guitar.

The notes of the Em six note blues scale are:

E - G - A - B - B - D

The following fretboard diagram shows all of the patterns associated with the six note Em blues scale for guitar. 4 of the 5 patterns are repeated on the 22 fret guitar fretboard. Pattern 5 is only found in one location.

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Em Blues Scale Pattern 1

The following two fretboard diagrams show the 1st pattern of the six note Em blues scale on the guitar fretboard. Your objective should be to recognize the locations of the root note, and play through these scales seamlessly and in tempo. You should also attempt to squeeze some of that mystery out that flatted 5th note.

Em Blues Scale 1
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Em blues scale 1 tab

Em Blues Scale Pattern 2

The following two fretboard diagrams show the 2nd pattern of the six note Em blues scale on the guitar fretboard. Your objective should be to recognize the locations of the root note, and play through these scales seamlessly and in tempo.

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Em blues scale 2 tab

Em Blues Scale Pattern 3

The following two fretboard diagrams show the 3rd pattern of the six note Em blues scale on the guitar fretboard. Your objective should be to recognize the locations of the root note, and play through these scales seamlessly and in tempo.

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Em Blues Scale Pattern 4

The following two fretboard diagrams show the 4th pattern of the six note Em blues scale on the guitar fretboard. Your objective should be to recognize the locations of the root note, and play through these scales seamlessly and in tempo. Go ahead and give it some emotion.

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Em Blues Scale Pattern 5

The following fretboard diagram show the 5th pattern of the six note Em blues scale on the guitar fretboard. Your objective should be to recognize the locations of the root note, and play through these scales seamlessly and in tempo. Notice that the 5th pattern for the Em six note Blues scale is only found in one location on the fretboard. How 'bout that. Now you can try to put them all together, skip about, or stay in one pattern. Where you are isn't as important as how you play.

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Em blues scale 5 tab