There are a lot of ways to play this scale, including minor, major, or adding notes to make it sound bluesy. This note is responsible for giving the blues scale it’s signature “bluesy” sound. The pentatonic scale – a simple way to start. We start with the minor pentatonic scale in E (there’s also a major pentatonic scale, which sounds not so “sad”, but for a deep basic Blues we’ll take the minor). For example, adding an Eb note to a standard A pentatonic minor scale will change it into an A blues scale. If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way out of it. E Blues Scale Fretboard Diagram. So, a working fluency with it is something you want to acquire, at worst just to see what your predecessors have been up to. It may also be the most popular guitar scale because the box pattern is movable and playable all over the neck. As I mentioned, if you know your minor pentatonic scale the blues guitar scale shape will be easy because we’re only adding one note in each octave. Master the minor pentatonic scale using the whole fretboard. A Pentatonic Minor Notes: A, C, D, E, G. A Blues Scale Notes: A, C, D, Eb, E, G. Try and remember where the blues notes are in each of the 5 shapes. Author: Lee Nichols Creator of www.guitar-chords.or.uk Pentatonic Scale Fluency: Available on Kindle and Paperback. The Pentatonic Blues Scale This is the most popular scale for Blues and Rock and Roll; more runs and licks have been played from these notes than all the other scales combined (at least in a blues or rock setting). If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way out of it. This scale is called “pentatonic”, because it contains only 5 (greek penta: 5) different notes. However you play it, you cannot go wrong. The E Minor Pentatonic Scale The E Minor Blues Scale Pentatonic Scale Fluency available from Amazon. Lesson 8 – The E Minor Blues Scales (DVD 3) In This Lesson: In this lesson you’ll learn the one scale that is responsible for about 95% of all the blues licks you hear – the minor pentatonic and minor blues scale. The blues scale (or Pentablues) is the pentatonic scale plus one note.This note became known as the “blue note“, and is the flat fifth in the case of the minor pentatonic, or the flat third in the case of the major pentatonic. It works really well with most traditional blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction. E blues scale. This added note gives the major blues scale its bluesy vibe and separates it melodically from the major pentatonic scale. At the beginning of the scale, start with the lowest root note on the open E string and play that note. By adding in this single dissonant note, it adds some spice. The blues scale is built upon the minor pentatonic scale but with one additional note thrown in: a ♭5. The pentatonic scale is a five-note musical scale used by guitar players to solo, improvise, create riffs and licks. Learn how to play up and down the neck with ease and break out of those box patterns . A minor Pentatonic Scale – 3rd Position (9th Fret) Comparing the major and minor Pentatonic scales, the minor scale just gets first prize as the most versatile, which is why we’ve featured it here and suggest you learn the A Minor Pentatonic scale to begin with. Pentatonic Scale Fluency: Available on Kindle and Paperback. The 1st construction, using the major scale, starts at Lesson 3.. But the bulk of the notes are still in the pentatonic scale. The major pentatonic scale is made up of five of those notes (1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 of the major scale). Master the minor pentatonic scale using the whole fretboard. The first position of the pentatonic scale is one that may look familiar to some of you - it looks very similar to a blues scale. 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