The C Blues Scale on Saxophone has six notes. However, when practicing the Blues Scales it's beneficial to start on the root and end on the octave, bringing the total to seven notes.
The main reason for this is that it helps bring home the “Blues Scale sound”. This is useful, especially if you are a saxophone beginner and want to understand the Saxophone Scales beyond just pressing keys on your sax.
Play C Blues Scale on Saxophone
You can play the C Blues Scale over two octaves on your saxophone within the standard range. In the image the C Blues Scale is notated starting on middle C. However, you can start from low C on your saxophone and play the scale through two full octaves as well.
Facts of the C Blues Scale on Saxophone
Looking at the image above, you can see the notation for the C Blues Scale on the saxophone, starting at the root and culminating at the octave.
The intervals of the C Blues Scale are:
- Root › Minor third › Whole Step › Half Step › Half Step › Minor Third › Whole Step
This translates to the following notes: C › E♭ › F › F♯ › G › B♭ › C
Practice the C Blues Scale on Saxophone
You should make a habit of practicing your scales in different tempos, using different tonguings. This helps you develop both tone control and precision. Here are three ways to implement this right now:
- Exercise 1: Separate each note in the scale by tonguing
- Exercise 2: Separate every other note in the scale by tonguing
- Exercise 3: Play every slurred in the scale, without tonguing