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Blues Guitar - The minor pentatonic scale - a simplified blues scale

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If you want to play a solo, you need to know the minor pentatonic scale. It has a 3b, which makes it a minor scale. And it consists of only 5 tones, that is why it is called penta-tonic (penta=five)

Now the number in the diagram no longer refers to fingers, but to the note of the scale counted up from the root. 1=root, 3b=minor 3rd, 4=fourth, 5=fifth and 7b=minor seventh.

When playing scales, try to keep your hand movement at a minimum. The scale position - often known as box position spans over 4 frets. Use one finger for each fret: 1st finger on 5th fret, 2nd on 6th (no notes on sixth fret here, but they will come), 3rd finger on 7th fret and 4th finger on 8th fret.

These scale box positions are all moveable. When you have learned this scale in A, you can play in any key just by moving the whole box up or down the neck. I call this box position box position 1. There is no common standard for numbering these boxes - at least no standard I am aware of. So do not get too confused if you see the same boxes with other numbers.

A-pentatonic
Box position 1

Don't get too confused by the fact that I am labeling the next box as box position 5. I am presenting a few boxes in reverse order, and there are 5 boxes in total. We move down, and play the box from 2nd to fifth fret.

The third box I will present in this box is box position 4O. I add an "O" to indicate that we now have open strings (and it is really not a box, but I keep the label). An open string position is not moveable. You do of course understand that numbers behind the nut (over the box) indicates note on open strings.

Box 5 Box 4O

If you want the scale written out in tabulature, and/or be able to hear it as a MIDI file, go to the Finale versions. Now it is time to tell, in case you have not discovered it already, that in the Finale files, you can set the number of the bar you want to start from. You do not have to start with hearing the box 5 MIDI first each time.

You need to practice these scales, and practising scales on your own is boring. I have included two Band-In-A-Box files (have you downloaded the Free Player?). Both are 8 choruses of slow 12 bar blues in A, the first is Blues Progression 1, and the second is Blues Progression 2. It is more fun to have living musicians to play with . But the Finale files are more patient, and it will forgive every mistake you make.

I give you the same backing tracks to play with that you have met before




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Pentatonic Scales for Guitar
This book provides the pentatonic scale fingerings, diagrams, lessons and licks that every guitarist needs to know.
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MBGU Rock Curriculum: Fluid Pentatonics, Book 2
Fluid Pentatonics for Guitar: 84 Melodic Studies for Rock Guitar is a comprehensive manual for developing blistering pentatonic motion that moves freely over the entire fretboard, using position-shifting slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs for speed and fluidity. Emphasis is on overcoming the restrictive nature of traditional pentatonic "box" scale fingerings by developing pathways that continually shift between and connect the five pentatonic !boxes!.
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Pentatonic Soloing Strategies for Guitar
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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All Blues Scale for Jazz Gutiar (Book and CD Set)
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