The pentatonic scale is a five-note musical scale used by guitar players to solo, improvise, create riffs and licks. It works really well with most traditional blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction. The pentatonic scale – a simple way to start. 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. Pentatonic Scale Fluency available from Amazon. But the bulk of the notes are still in the pentatonic scale. Play that note, then put your fourth (pinky) finger on the eighth fret of the sixth string, and play that. 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). The Solution below shows the E blues scale, on the piano, treble clef and bass clef.. E blues scale. So, a working fluency with it is something you want to acquire, at worst just to see what your predecessors have been up to. If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way out of it. 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. To produce a major blues scale, you simply take the major pentatonic scale and add in a blue note, the b3 of the key. By adding in this single dissonant note, it adds some spice. To play the minor pentatonic scale, start with your first finger on the fifth fret of the sixth string. 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. Since the key of E appears on the Circle of fifths diagram as both a major and minor key, the Lesson steps explain both ways of constructing this blues scale for this key:. The E Minor Pentatonic Scale The E Minor Blues Scale However you play it, you cannot go wrong. Pentatonic Scale Fluency: Available on Kindle and Paperback. There are a lot of ways to play this scale, including minor, major, or adding notes to make it sound bluesy. Author: Lee Nichols Creator of www.guitar-chords.or.uk 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. Learn how to play up and down the neck with ease and break out of those box patterns . If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way out of it. It may also be the most popular guitar scale because the box pattern is movable and playable all over the neck. The blues scale is built upon the minor pentatonic scale but with one additional note thrown in: a ♭5. This added note gives the major blues scale its bluesy vibe and separates it melodically from the major pentatonic scale. 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. E Blues Scale Fretboard Diagram. At the beginning of the scale, start with the lowest root note on the open E string and play that note. The blue note in blues scale. 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. The 1st construction, using the major scale, starts at Lesson 3.. Pentatonic Scale Fluency: Available on Kindle and Paperback. For example, adding an Eb note to a standard A pentatonic minor scale will change it into an A blues scale. Master the minor pentatonic scale using the whole fretboard. 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