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Blues Lead Guitar #15 - Pattern 5 Scales

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Right up in the unknown lands where things get a little tight!

Now we are right up the dusty end of the guitar neck. The frets are close together and it can be a little awkward when you first get up there - but all it takes is a little practice and you will find that it is not that hard - in fact it can be easy to get some cool sounds and the stretches are not so hard.

You will find that playing on the thickest two strings can be pretty hard, and they kinda sound funny too - so don't worry about playing them too much! Still worth practicing, but don't worry if you don't play those notes much when you are improvising.

This is the last of our position learning - so take this time to do some revision and MAKE SURE YOU KNOW ALL YOUR PATTERNS SO FAR BEFORE YOU ADD THIS ONE!!!


Pattern 5 - (G shape from CAGED system)

Minor Pentatonic Scale Pos 5

This can be a hard one to use... well it isn't, but it can seem strange until you get some licks learnt.

Alternatives
There are many alternatives for playing this one - shown in the video too. Mostly it depends on where you are on the neck. Because we are learning it up the neck the frets are close together so we'll use fingers 1 and 3. If it was further down the neck we would use fingers 1 and 4, but this is really up to your preference.

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 6th string) will go on the 17th fret. Gets the dust off ;)

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.

 

Pattern 5 - (G shape from CAGED system)

Blues Scale Pos 5

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 5th and 4th 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 6th string) will go on the 17th fret.



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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!

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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.

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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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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,

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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-025