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Blues Lead Guitar #11 - Position 3 Scales

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The next stage is to learn Position 3 scales. Check out the Minor Pentatonic and then check out where the blue notes are found around it.

But make sure that you know how to use Positions 1 and 2 well before you start on this stuff... There is NO point in knowing lots of scales if you can't use them.

Position 3 - (C shape from CAGED system)

Minor Pentatonic Scale Position 3

This might seem tricky at first but there are lots of cool tricks in it.

Alternatives
Using fingers 1 and 3 all the way up is common. Also using fingers 1 and 4 for strings 2 and 3. Shown is the one I play most of the time.

As you're hopefully realising - what finger you use to play a note is not important. It only matters when you have to play something very technical or very fast. And even then a lot of the time you will change it!

In the key of A
In this blues course we are playing all our licks and scales in the key of A - so the root note (on the 5th string) will go on the 12th fret.

Start and end on the lowest root note
Please don't forget to start and end on the lowest root note and get the correct sound of the scale in your head as you practice.

 

Position 3 - (C shape from CAGED system)

Blues Scale Position 3

Make sure you memorise where the blue notes are found. You can work out how to play it as a scale if you like, but be aware that the blue note on the 4th and 3rd strings are the same note - so don't play it twice!

In the key of A
In this blues course we are playing all our licks and scales in the key of A - so the root note (on the 5th string) will go on the 12th fret.

The note on the 3rd string can take the 3rd or 4th finger (yes I just noticed it is different from the fingering above...) but like I have said, it matters not when you are making music!

 

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Please check out my Blues products :) they're real good!

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Solo Blues Guitar

This DVD collection will teach you 9 Blues arrangements for Solo guitar where you will play a melody and a rhythm element together or alternately, so they work as complete pieces! They're all great fun and start very simple (beginner) and get right into pretty tricky alternating bass lines!

Check out Solo Blues Guitar in thejustinguitarstore.com

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Really Useful Blues Solos

This download (mp3 and pdf) contains 5 tracks in the styles of Clapton, Hendrix, Albert King, SRV and Chuck Berry for you to learn. I've extracted their most common licks for you to transcribe yourself - however you get full transcriptions to check against too. Old School transcribing made easier.

Instant Download Really Useful Blues Solos here

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Blues Lead Guitar Solos

This is a paper book contains detailed transcriptions of 18 of my favourite Blues lead solos - with tips on how to play them and some harmonic analysis. If you getting into the blues you'll find this a LOT of fun, they're not 'in the style of', these are the real deal - see the songlist in the store!

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Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Jam Blues 1

Check out my awesome backing track collection - loads of fun blues to jam along with, I play rhythm guitar my pal Dave Marks plays bass and produces - so come jam with us! also available on iTunes,

Instant Download Jam Blues 1 here

Justinguitar Beginners Songbook

Jam Blues 2

The first volume was so popular (and so much fun) we made another one! :) also available on iTunes!

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Lesson ID: BL-021