Blues Guitar For Beginners
Welcome to your next lesson on playing the blues. This lesson will teach you how
to play a couple of solos using mostly scales. Listen to the lesson sample,
you'll be learning how to play those solos exactly.
Lyle: This 12 bar blues in A is the same as the
one in Lesson 1. Here's your jam track and chord chart to refer
12 bar chord
Lyle: The first solo is made from the A minor
blues scale, ascending and descending, played over and over. It fits perfectly
against the 12 bar jam in A.
Lyle: The minor blues scale is just like the
minor pentatonic scale, but with an added flat 5. Notice the difference
Now learn to play the A minor blues scale with this little blues rhythm to it.
Listen to the TAB:
Hear the rhythm of the riff? It has that "blues bounce" to it. That's called a
slow shuffle beat.
Lyle: Now try playing it descending like
Lyle: Now you're ready to play the first solo
from the Lesson Sample. Play this riff made from the A minor blues scale over
Just to refresh your memory, here's the basic rhythm guitar part for this
Lyle: The second solo from the Lesson
Sample is made from the A major pentatonic scale.
Major Pentatonic = 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 6
Minor Pentatonic = 1 -
b3 - 4 - 5 - b7
Lyle: You'll need to learn a few more patterns
that climb up the neck:
You just learned 2 octaves of that scale. Here's a 3rd
Now see if you can play all 3 octaves of that scale together. This will be the
first half of the solo:
Lyle: The 2nd half of the solo uses a little bit of the A minor
pentatonic scale, then it switches back to another A major pentatonic
Now you're ready to play the whole solo:
Loop the TAB and play along with it until you're ready to play along with the
band! Here's the main jam track again:
Lyle: That's all for this