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Blues Slide Rule

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Learning to play the Blues     For Guitar Teachers and Students

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ABOUT

MODULE 3

PAGE 1

B - Soloing on the 12 Bar Blues in E - From Module 2 Project 1


The Pentatonic Patterns learned in Module 2 Project 1 can also be used up on the 12th fret of the guitar

Try it, use the patterns shown below but starting up on the 12th fret now, it works because the 12th fret is the note of E an Octave up (higher) Play along with the chord progression and video shown below


M3 - Project  1

More on Pentatonic's and using them for soloing

12 Bar Basic Blues in E - (From Module 2 Project 1)

A - Important


IMPORTANT:  Make sure you are totally familiar with Module 2 Project 1, the 12 Bar Basic Blues and the Pentatonic patterns shown


Experiment with these same patterns on the 12th fret of the guitar instead of in the open position

When you are happy with your sounds you are getting experiment then with the patterns in both the open position and up on the 12th fret.  Spend as much time as you need to get good at playing in either position

12th fret of the guitar

12th fret of the guitar

C1 - Understanding and using the Pentatonic Guitar and Keyboard Slide Rule for Soloing on any Blues


NOTE:  The theory of the Pentatonic scales can be confusing for beginners, but read and study this section carefully as I try and explain

 

Below is a Picture of the Guitar and Keyboard Pentatonic Slide Rule

You can access the slide rule by clicking on the link, top left of the page


The picture below shows the pentatonic pattern you have learned,  The blue numbers are the notes of the G Major Pentatonic pattern  i.e. the 1st 2nd 3rd 5th and 6th notes of the scale (Note a Pentatonic pattern has only 5 notes in its scale)


Question: - So what does the 1st 2nd 3rd 5th and 6th notes of the scale mean?


Answer: - It means that the G Major Pentatonic scale is the same as the G Major scale but minus the 4th and 7th notes


The good thing about the slide rule is that it makes it very easy to find both the Major and Minor Pentatonic patterns for all keys.  The picture below shows both the G Major and E Minor Pentatonic pattern

To understand this better use and study the Quick Intro Help page on the slide rule


The Quick Intro Help page is using the Major scale Guitar Slide Rule to show the relationship between a Pentatonic scale and the Major scale


C2 - The simple method


1 - To find any Major Pentatonic pattern slide the slide rule so the number 1 is above the Key you want

For example the G Major Pentatonic as shown in the picture below, number 1 is above the note of G on the Keyboard


2 - To find any Minor Pentatonic pattern slide the slide rule so the number 6 is above the Key you want

For example the E Minor Pentatonic as shown in the picture below, number 6 is above the note of E on the Keyboard


Picture 1 - The simple method


The picture Left shows both the G Major Pentatonic and the E Minor Pentatonic



1 - To find any Major Pentatonic pattern slide the slide rule so the number 1 is above the Key you want

For example the G Major Pentatonic as shown in the picture here, the number 1 is above the note of G on the Keyboard = G Major Pentatonic


2 - To find any Minor Pentatonic pattern slide the slide rule so the number 6 is above the Key you want

For example the E Minor Pentatonic as shown in the picture here, the number 6 is above the note of E on the Keyboard = E Minor Pentatonic

So you see the picture Left shows both the G Major Pentatonic and the E Minor Pentatonic pattern

The Diagrams Left show the Pentatonic Patterns in the Open position (Zero Fret)


But the same shape patterns can also be used on the 12th fret