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Blues Guitar For
Lyle: This lesson
will show you how it sounds good to mix the major and minor pentatonics to make
blues riffs. The solo in the lesson sample is made from both major and minor
pentatonic scales in E. Here's your looping jam track you'll use to play the
scales and riffs against:
It's a real simple groove based in Em. Here's what the bass guitar is doing in
the jam track:
Here's the Em (minor) pentatonic scale down in the open
There's a little extension of the pattern that runs up into the 3rd and 5th
Lyle: Your first blues riff is made from this
scale and position. It has 4 different techniques built into it. It has a bend,
a release of the bend, to a pull-off, and then a vibrato. Bend the string up
towards you or pull it down.
Try this riff with the looping jam track.
Simple blues riff, but played
correctly, sounds good.
Lyle: In the next riff, keep the 3rd string
ringing once you hit the 2nd string.
The next riff uses the E major pentatonic scale. This starts in the open
position but quickly moves up the frets. Learn this cool pattern
Here's the next riff. You'll notice it shifting back and forth from both the
minor and major pentatonic patterns:
The major pentatonic scale is made from the 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 6 tones of the major
The next riff takes you up the neck to play both the E major and minor
pentatonics. Here's the scale patterns for you to learn
Try these scale patterns against the jam track too. Practice them ascending and
Lyle: Here's an E minor pentatonic pattern at the
Next is riff 4 using these two scale patterns:
Try these riffs while the jam track is playing. Notice how riffs from both
scales sound cool?
Lyle: Here's another riff using these same scale
Next riff has you going back down to the open position E minor pentatonic
Riffs 5 and 6 are good examples how scales can be made into
fingers want to hit the next note up in the scale ...on that last riff ...
Same with this next riff example that has you ascending the E major
These are all the riffs in order as recorded in the Lesson Sample at the top of
Lyle: Try to memorize each riff in order, then
play the lesson sample again and see if you can play
Lyle: Here's a video of me playing the lesson
Lyle: Here's a looping jam tracks that
has all the riffs in it, which will help you remember which riff comes
That's all for this lesson. Jam along to the looping jam track. Practice the
scale patterns up and down, and get those simple blues riffs sounding good.
For further study I recommend the lessons I made in the CD-ROM series called Jam
Sessions - All Blues Styles.
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