A scale is not really a “Jazz”, “Blues”" or “Rock” scale. A scale is just a collection of notes or pitches. It's how a scale or theses collection of notes are used that is more important. Some scales are more common in one style vs. another.
For the Blues, your can base the scales you will need from the Minor Pentatonic (Blues) and Pentatonic (Major Pentatonic) scales. These two scales form a core scale foundation that you can create or derive additional scales from playing in a variety of “blues” styles.
Here are two Minor Pentatonic and Pentatonic scale shapes to memorize.
Initially, you can simply memorize the scale by its shape - not worrying about the particular notes.
The circled note or birdsyeye in the fingerboard shape is the root or letter name of the scale. Knowing the name of the scale and where the root is, allows you to transpose the scale to additional common keys.
A scale that uses all seven notes, in order without skipping or repeating a one of the seven letters of the music alphabet, A, B, C, D, E, F, and G is called a full diatonic scale. The Major is one such scale: C D E F G A B C', the white keys of the piano.
A five note scale is called a Pentatonic scale. Pent meaning five and Tonic is the one or main note that establishes the tonality of the scale.
For a C Pentatonic scale the notes are C D E G A C'. This is the major or dominant scale without a fourth or sixth scale degree.
For a C Minor Pentatonic scale the notes are C Eb F G Bb C'. This is the major or dominant scale without a fourth or sixth scale degree
The final C in the Pentatonic scale above is really just a resolution of the scale and the start of the next octave - not a duplicate letter.
The Learning the Blues Scale lessons below is one of the many FREE lessons I have available.
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