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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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M3 - Project  3

More on Pentatonic's and using them for soloing continued…

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

1 - The 5 basic Pentatonic Patterns

The pictures below show the 5 basic Pentatonic patterns of A minor pentatonic and / or C major pentatonic all over the neck of the guitar

These 5 patterns are worth learning by heart as they enable you to freely move up and down the guitar neck in any position with ease

Notice how the patterns all lock together (See the Arrows with the diagrams)

To find and compare these patterns using the Guitar Pentatonic Blues Slide Rule, slide the insert so the number 1 is over the note of C on the keyboard (C major pentatonic), and notice the number 6 should be over the note of A on the keyboard (A minor pentatonic)

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Pentatonic Pattern No.1

Our pattern we are already familiar with

Pentatonic Pattern No.2

Pentatonic Pattern No.3

Notice how pattern 3 can continue on with pattern 4

Pentatonic Pattern No.4

Notice how pattern 3 and pattern 4 can connect and overlap further up the neck of the guitar

Pentatonic Pattern No.5

2 - Learn the 5 basic Pentatonic Patterns shown above

Play along with the video below using all of the 5 pentatonic patterns shown above

REMEMBER: The patterns above are for the key of C major or A minor, BUT the 12 Bar Blues below is using the E minor and / or G major pentatonic patterns we used previously

So the idea is that once you can lock one pattern with another you should be able to play the patterns in any Key because all these patterns are movable

You can use the picture below to play along with the video in the correct Key, see if you can identify all of the 5 basic pentatonic patterns.  The familiar pattern number 1 is already highlighted with Red Circles in two positions

You can use the picture above to play along with the video in the correct Key

All of the Blue numbers shown above (and the B) for the G Major Pentatonic and / or the E Minor Pentatonic scale will work

Experiment as much as you can with all of the patterns shown, use your ear.  You may find also that some other notes may fit too that are not shown, that is OK, your ear should tell you what works well