I have actually been tuning a Bangla language song strictly on B Minor Blues notes so far both the melody and the chords are concerned. I'm done with the tune now. All the minor blues songs I listen to goes beyond the minor blues note-set. I wonder why. Is it not possible to create a blues song particularly with minor blues note-set? What then makes a blues song a blues song as far as the notes and chords are taken into consideration?

I wonder if I could listen to a blues song that contains strictly minor blues note-set and chords.

  • This is an identification question which will be closed shortly but if you only count the melody and not the notes in the chords “The Thrill is Gone” by B.B.King pretty much fits that description. I’m sure there are others although limiting yourself to one key will narrow it down quite a bit. May 15, 2023 at 7:03
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    The biggest thing that "makes the blues the blues" is not the set of chords or melodic notes used. Blues isn't a "key," it's a genre. The form is one of the biggest factors, like the familiar 12-bar pattern. One can also argue quite seriously that extra-musical concerns matter too in "what counts as blues," like subject matter and even the artist's lived experience. So sure, you could use only the notes of the given scale, or go outside it, without much impact on whether the song was considered blues. May 17, 2023 at 16:16
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    @ToddWilcox Check out its earliest version in the history, before it was closed. Subsequent edits have clarified a lot. May 17, 2023 at 17:42
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    @ToddWilcox I agree that the question can be reopened. In its current form, it goes beyond just asking for an example of a song.
    – Aaron
    May 17, 2023 at 19:39
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    I have my doubts about reopening this question given its last paragraph, "I wonder if I could listen to a blues song that contains strictly minor blues note-set and chords."
    – Dekkadeci
    May 18, 2023 at 5:29


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