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Blues Slide Rule

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Learning to play the Blues     For Guitar Teachers and Students

Jam - Room

INDEX

CTB Index

ABOUT

The A major scale

MODULE 5

PAGE 4

M5 - Project  4 - Major and Minor Pentatonic

Using major and minor pentatonic scales for I-IV-V chord progressions

A - FIRST - WHAT IS A  I-IV-V  CHORD PROGRESSION?

Basically a I-IV-V chord progression refers to chords that are made from the 1st 4th and 5th notes of a scale

For Example

The notes of the C Major Scale are









So if you played a chord progression using the chords C Major  F7 and G7  

That is a I-IV-V chord progression in the Key of C



In the Key of A










if you played a chord progression using the chords A Major  D7 and E7  

That is a I-IV-V chord progression in the Key of A


NOTE: For METS MUSIC Members you can find the notes of any major scale instantly by sliding the Major Scale Slide Rule so number 1 is over the note of the Key you want - see the Diagram below

E - USE THE JAM-ROOM


Go to the Jam-Room and start jamming


Remember Always Revise

Have fun

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VII

I

C

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D

E

F

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G

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A

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C

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I

A

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C#

D

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A

B - ALL 12 CTB BLUES BOP VIDEOS IN THE JAM-ROOM ARE I-IV-V


All the CTB Blues Bop chord progressions in the Jam-Room are a I-IV-V chord progression

So you have a basic I-IV-V blues chord progression in all 12 Keys


Both Major and Minor Pentatonic Patterns work fairly well with all I-IV-V chord progressions



C - So now practise both major and minor pentatonic patterns in all keys in the Jam-Room using the CTB Blues Bop chord progressions

A good way to do this is for the first 12 bars start with the minor pentatonic and then use the major pentatonic pattern for the next 12 bars then swap again etc..


Just to recap, for a Blues in the Key of A, using the Slide Rule the A minor pentatonic has the number 6 above the note A and for the A major pentatonic the number 1 is above the note of A  See Diagrams below


The A minor Pentatonic The A major Pentatonic

D - USING MORE NOTES OF THE PENTATONIC SCALES


Once you are comfortable using both major and minor pentatonic patterns with all the CTB Blues Bop chord progressions in the Jam-Room, do not just stick to using only the basic pentatonic patterns as shown in the diagrams above but start using more of the scale.  Remember all the blue numbers shown are part of the pentatonic and or blues scale in other positions on the guitar neck.  Experiment for yourself and have fun


The A minor Pentatonic

FOR EXAMPLE


Select some other notes of the A minor pentatonic as seen in the diagram right and practice building a solo around those notes


Experiment between the new selection and the old familiar pattern and moving to the major pentatonic too



In the next module I am going to be dealing more in depth with using  different patterns and more complex chord progression not just I-IV-V progressions