Pattern 1 Blues Scale 8 Keys
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,
The first pattern of the minor pentatonic scale is the pattern that most people learn first on the guitar. This is the “go to” pattern for most popular solos as well. This is the “home” pattern of this scale.
Beginning on the root note of the scale. Remember to use your first and fourth finger on the four fret stretches, and your first and third finger on the three fret patterns. This exercise is designed to help to learn, practice the first pattern of this scale across the neck and also strengthen your legato playing as well.
Begin on the third fret on the sixth string and play through the scale, pick only the first note on each string and hammer on the others to get the legato sound. Once you make it up and back down the scale move up to the next fret and repeat in the new key. We are moving this pattern in half steps up to the eighth fret and back down.
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