How to Use the Blue Note in a Solo

Learn how to use the blue note in a solo with this keyboard tutorial from Howcast.


Hi. This is Stephanie Sanders from Tomato's House of Rock, and I'm going to show you how to use the blue note in a solo. The blue note can also be called the flat five, or the sharp four. I'm going to show this to you in the C-minor pentatonic scale. And for a c-minor pentatonic, before we add in the blue note, the notes that we would have would be C, E flat, F, G, B flat, and C. So that's just the plain C-minor pentatonic.

Now the blue note, which is like I said, either the sharp four or the flat five, is going to be, I'm going to call it an F sharp. So when you add that in, it just really gives some grip to the scale, because alone, the minor pentatonic, it sounds really smooth. So when we add in the blue note, it just got a little bit more oomph behind it. So, in a solo, you can play it just like that, just a single note. You can add it, if I was to just run up and down from one to five, like this, not bad. But if I add in the blue note, it gets a little bit more interesting.

Another way that you can use the blue note is to slide into another note, and that can really, really up the sound. I really like this because, for me, this is the closest you can get to playing like a guitar player, because it's almost like bending the notes. So, I could slide into the G, so if I wanted to play, and then make it a little bit more interesting, I could go, so it just gives it a little something more. That's how you use a blue note in a solo. Now let's see how it sounds with some music.

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