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Rock Licks With The A Blues Scale
The key to mastering this exercise is nailing the phrasing and connecting the licks the smoothest way possible. When you feel comfortable try playing over the backing tracks using one or more of these licks in a solo and mix them with your own ideas. That’s when the new musical ideas will really come out!
The A blues scale is an essential scale for every guitarist regardless of the style, in this lesson lets look at some common rock guitar licks using this scale. This set of licks that every guitarist should know employs hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, bends, and position shifts that are used in this style of playing. Many rock guitar solos and guitarists use these pathways in they’re playing. The A blues scale is the A minor pentatonic scale the the flat 5th used as a chromatic passing tone. The notes are A, C, D, Eb, E, G, A.
If you listen to guitarists such as Michael Schenker, Jimmy Page, Jimmy Hendrix, Slash or even Paul Gilbert, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani you can hear this scale used over and over in the solos.
Beginning in the fifth position we move up the blues scale with some hammer-ons ans bends, once we get to the top of the scale we are moving back down with pull-offs. In the third bar, we’re decending through the scale with sixteenth notes and hammer-ons and pull offs.
Bars five and six, is a very useful pattern that moves diagonally up the neck, some slides, position shifts, hammer-ons, and pull-offs through this very cool little passage. The last two bars does a similar idea descending back down and endindg on the root of the scale in the fifth position.
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