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5 Patterns Of The A Blues Scale
The blues scale is a really useful tool to building any guitarists soloing and melodic vocabulary. Blues, rock, metal, country, and jazz, no matter the style this scale is extremely useful. An easy way to look at this scale is to take the minor pentatonic scale and add the flat 5th degree to the it. In the key of A minor an E flat is added to the scale.
The intervals for the minor pentatonic scale
1, b3, 4, 5, b7
A, C, D, E, G
The Intervals for the blues scale
1, b3, 4, b5, 5, b7
A, C, D, Eb, E, G,
This exercise is designed to help to learn, practice and connect all five patterns of this scale across the whole neck and also strengthen your legato playing as well. A good place to start with this is to make sure you have a decent grasp of the five patterns of the minor pentatonic scale, then simply add the E flat to each pattern. Begin on the third fret on the sixth string and play through the scale, I label this pattern as number seven because of the starting note. Pick only the first note on each string and hammer on the others to get the legato sound. The next pattern starts on the root of the scale starting on the fifth fret. Pattern three starts on the eighth fret. Pattern four starts on the tenth fret. Pattern five is on the twelfth fret. Pattern seven repeats again on the fifteenth fret, pattern one starts on the seventeenth fret.
Getting all five of these patterns all together is a lot of information all at once. Its a good idea to use the backing track to practice each individual pattern. Then you can practice a couple of patterns back to back as you feel more comfortable. When you are ready then connect the whole exercise.
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