Playin Da Blues   -  A mini-lesson from Andrew Koblick, designer of the Amazing Guitar Lessons DVD Video

The first scale I ever learned was the blues scale.

The simplest form of the blues scale is also known as the minor pentatonic,  Penta being greek for 5.

In the minor pentatonic or blues scale there are only 5 notes.

The G minor pentatonic or blues scale:

Do Mi Fa Sol Ti Do
G Bb C D F G
1 3 Minor 4 5 7 Minor 8


Here is the tablature:


The G Scale

e[]---------------------------3--6[]
B[]---------------------3--6------[]
G[]----------------3-5------------[]
D[]-----------3-5-----------------[]
A[]-------3-5---------------------[]
E[]-3--6--------------------------[]



The fingering is simple:

Low E String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 4th Finger 6th Fret

A String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 3rd Finger 5th Fret

D String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 3rd Finger 5th Fret

G String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 3rd Finger 5th Fret

B String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 4th Finger 6th Fret

High E String 1st Finger 3rd fret , 4th Finger 6th Fret


An excellent exercise is to simply tap alternately your first and third finger on the A string.

Do this for 4 sets of 8

Another excellent exercise is to simply tap alternately your first and fourth finger on the A string.

Do this for 4 sets of 8


These exercises will quickly build speed and strength.

A great way to quickly learn the blues scale is to tap each note 3 times. Go up the scale and
back down.

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Now lets get really bluesy.

The real blues sound comes from the passing notes. Passing notes are notes not 'officially' in the scale.

In the blues scale these notes will most likely be the major 3rd and the flat 5th.
Some folks claim the flat 5th is an official blues scale note.  No doubt it is important.

Here is a riff using the minor 3rd and major 3rd:

Still in the key of G (third fret)

Note: Tap on the major 3rd  (4th fret G string)

e []----3------------[]
B[]----3------------[]
G[]----3-4----------[]
D[]-----------------[]
A[]-----------------[]
E[]-----------------[]

The above riff is the basis for tons of other riffs and maybe even the first rock riff ever played.
Chuck Berry pretty much made a career from variations off that riff.


Here is a riff using the flat 5th:


e[]--------------------[]
B[]--------------------[]
G[]--------------------[]
D[]-------------3-----[]
A[]----3-4--5------5-[]
E[]--------------------[]


This riff is also a basic part of a lot of blues and rock. You hear this a lot in the Chicago blues.


I hope this helps.

Andrew Koblick,
http://www.guitar5day.com/