The Blues Scales
Essential Tools for Jazz Improvisation
by Dan Greenblatt     Now for iPad and Kindle!  


An excellent book, useful to beginners as well as advanced players."
— Michael Brecker, saxophonist

Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music."
— Jamey Aebersold, jazz educator

A good method for teaching blues and jazz improvising to beginning students has been much needed. Finally that need has been filled."
— Junior Mance, pianist with Dizzy Gillespie

Finally a conscientious educator has created a method which focuses on blues scales. Don't miss this book!"
— Reggie Workman, bassist with John Coltrane





  • THIS GROUND-BREAKING BOOK/CD package will show you (or your students) how to use the Major and Minor Blues Scales to improvise meaningful solos without having to first master all the scales and chords of a tune.
  • GOOD FOR ALL LEVELS - Essential for beginners, perfect for intermediate students, and even useful for professional players to hone their skills on this crucial and often neglected part of the jazz language.
  • ACCOMPANYING CD by author Dan Greenblatt and his quartet of swinging, New York jazz musicians shows how each exercise should sound. And it also gives the student numerous play-along tracks to practice with.
  • GREAT TRANSCRIPTIONS from Miles, Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, Oscar Peterson, Dave Sanborn, Michael Brecker and many more, showing how the Blues Scales are actually used in various styles of jazz.

  • THE ONLY COMPREHENSIVE BOOK ON THE BLUES SCALES EVER PUBLISHED!
  • Step-by-step exercises to get beginning students able to quickly solo using the two basic Blues Scales.
  • Extensive dictionary of classic Major and Minor Blues Scale phrases.
  • Help with transposing the ideas learned into other keys.
  • Numerous ways to expand the Blues Scales to make them even more useful.
  • Appendices for advanced players showing how the masters of jazz use the Blues Scales in their own playing.

  • MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE if you or your students don't improve your ability to solo in record time!
  • Available in C, Bb, Eb and Guitar versions. 88 page text, plus CD.

Sample Pages and CD Track

Pages 3-5

Sample Track


THE BLUES SCALES - GUITAR VERSION
Containing the same information as the original book, the Guitar version features guitar wizard Dave Mac Nab on the accompanying CD instead of the saxophone tracks. Don't miss the high-level, soulful guitar playing on the Guitar version!

Sample Track



Endorsements


An excellent addition to the growing number of books and CDs dedicated to mastering the art of jazz improvisation. Useful to beginners as well as advanced players, The Blues Scales admirably addresses the vocabulary of the blues---the 'root of jazz.' "
— Michael Brecker, saxophonist

To actually play the blues, you have to know what's in the blues. Dan has done a marvelous job of dissecting the blues and then bringing all the pieces back together so you can make beautiful music. This book will help those who want to have fun playing the blues."
— Jamey Aebersold, one of the world's foremost jazz educators

Dan has done a great job with this book! A good method for teaching blues and jazz improvising to beginning students has been much needed. It has been a long time coming, but finally that need has been filled."
— Junior Mance, pianist with Dizzy Gillespie, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, Dinah Washington.

Finally a conscientious educator has created a method which focuses on blues scales. It's sure to enhance the aspiring improvisor's vocabulary, as well as expand their ideas for composing. Dan Greenblatt's style of conveying this information is crystal clear, and this will help the aspiring student to become a far more impressive improvisor. Don't miss this book if you wish to strengthen your musical articulation."
— Reggie Workman, bassist with John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Wayne Shorter, Max Roach.

I have seen first-hand how well Dan's systematic and insightful approach to teaching jazz improvisation works with students. With the publication of this book, jazz educators finally have a clearly presented method for teaching improvisation, with the goal of helping students develop the necessary vocabulary to create intelligent, authentic and inspired jazz solos that actually deal with the changes! 'The Blues Scales' will become my essential tool for teaching improvisation at Roosevelt High School."
— Scott Brown, Director of Bands, Roosevelt High School, Seattle, WA and Faculty Member, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Band Director Academy

This is a valuable book, with an innovative and well-explained approach to using Blues Scales in jazz improvisation."
— Bill Kirchner, jazz educator and editor of "The Oxford Companion to Jazz"











Saxophonist and educator Dan Greenblatt spent 24 years on the jazz scene in Seattle, where he was best known for his performances and recordings with bassist/composer Chuck Metcalf and with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. In these groups he worked with all of Seattle's top jazz musicians, such as Jay Thomas, Marc Seales, Randy Halberstadt, and Don Lanphere, as well as many national artists including Quincy Jones, ClarkTerry, Ernestine Anderson, George Cables, Arturo Sandoval, Jimmy Heath, and Frank Wess. As an educator, Dan was the saxophone and improvisation coach for ten years for Seattle's award-winning and nationally recognized jazz programs at Washington Middle School Garfield High School and Roosevelt High School.

Greenblatt moved to New York in 2002 to teach at LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. He joined the faculty of the Jazz & Contemporary Music Program at New School University in 2003, and became the program's Director of Academic Affairs in 2004.