Learn the E Flat Blues Scale on Saxophone. Step-by-step guide with visuals and sheet music by Saxophone Teacher Greger Hillman.

E Flat Blues Scale on Saxophone

Written by Greger Hillman, Saxophone teacher and music educator

The E flat Blues Scale on Saxophone (E♭ Blues Scale) has six notes, but when practicing, it's beneficial to start on the root and end on the octave, bringing the total to seven notes.

This approach enhances the distinctive sound of the Blues Scale, which is particularly valuable for beginners learning to grasp the essence of the Blues Scale on the saxophone, beyond just pressing keys.

Play E♭ Blues Scale on Saxophone

Saxophone E Flat Blues Scale illustration and sheet music explained

You can comfortably play the E♭ Blues Scale within two octaves in the standard range of your saxophone.

Facts of the E♭ Blues Scale on Saxophone

Looking at the image above, you can see the notation for the E♭ Blues Scale on the saxophone, starting at the root and culminating at the octave.

The intervals of the E♭ Blues Scale

Root › Minor third › Whole Step › Half Step › Half Step › Minor Third › Whole Step

This translates to the following notes: E♭ › G♭ › A♭ › A › B♭ › D♭ › E♭

Practice the E♭ 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

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