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Blues Guitar - The relation between the "Long A" chord and the blues scale

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We have already done what I am going to explain in this lesson. If you go back to the arrangement of Going Down Slow from lesson 16, we had a difficult descending run in bar 7. This is the A minor pentatonic box 5 played from a Long A chord. We will look more into relations between scales and chords later. Now we will only look at the relation between Long A and A minor pentatonic scale and A-blues scale, both in Box 5 position. The change from Long A to A7 is just the beginning of this scale lick. Just keep the partial barré with your first finger, keep the 5th string open (unless you are playing a lick on it), and play some scale licks.

The numbering starts to get confusing, but it is not as difficult as it may look. The black circles with numbers indicates the fingering of the Long A, with indication of which fingers to use. The numbers in red an blue circles indicates the scale degree of the note.

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Modern Ideas for All Styles. Pentatonic Soloing Strategies for Guitar takes the most common improvisational tool, the pentatonic scale, and shows you its almost limitless possibilities. It begins with standard major and minor pentatonic scales in the five basic positions and quickly moves into challenging pentatonic variations for string skipping and sweep picking. The book culminates with a series of substitution scales, including the rootless 9th, the half-diminished, and the whole-tone augmented pentatonic scales. A CD demonstrating all the examples in the book is included.
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