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One feature that makes blues interesting, despite it's simple form, is the unsettled tonality. In the previous lesson, we looked at the minor pentatonic scale. It is a minor scale, but it is usually played over major chords. We can add a few notes to the pentatonic minor, to make it a proper blues scale. The first note is the flatted fifth, or 5b note. Add it to the scale, and it gets more character.


A-blues - box 1

A-blues -box 5

A-blues - box 4O

Michael Bloomfield used a lot of flatted fifths (and chromatic notes) in his playing. In the diagram, the 5b are marked as blue circles. If you want to look a little closer on his playing style, you will find three of Andy Ellis' lessons from Guitar Player Magazineon Truefire These are downloadable PDF and MP3 files, costing from $ 1 to $ 2.40: Chromatic Bloomfield, Full Bloom 1 and Full Bloom 2.

The 3b and 7b notes might be raised to a 3 or 7. Sometimes you will do it with a bend, sometimes as hammer-on and sometimes as normal fretted notes. You can also bend or hammer-on the 4th and by this raising it so a 5b.

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