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In this lesson, Dan and I return to look at the Pentatonic scale and how it can be used over a Blues major shuffle or over a minor Blues progression. We look at a couple of notes which can be added for a different ‘flavour’ and be used to change the feel of your improvising. Here we add in first the tritone or flattened fifth note to play the Blues scale. Second we add in the major second or ninth note to play a hexatonic scale or the pedestrian minor scale.
There are a couple of backing tracks we use around 19 minutes and 29 minutes in. The first is a Chicago Blues Shuffle Backing Track (E) and the latter is called Soulful Chill in Eminor, by Elevated Jam Tracks. Concluding with some cud chewing about rhythm playing, we hope that this lesson has something of value in it, whatever your skill level.
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Personally, Dan and I have continued having our lessons over the lockdowns and while I get to grips with being a double-father. It has been pretty intense teaching in a Secondary school over the past couple of years with a baby / toddler and we have also had some incredibly disruptive work on our house; however, Dan and I have been discussing it though and we’re ready to start releasing our content again! We are utterly excited and happy to be doing so.
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Timings for the SoundCloud audio version:
|00:01:40||Dan’s album during lockdown – album on Spotify called Flight|
|00:02:26||Introduction to the TrueFire Platform|
|00:02:54||We will be hopefully making shorter and concise lessons|
|00:03:14||What is the plan for our lesson today?|
|00:04:32||How to get slightly away from the position 1 pentatonic box and give yourself a few more options to play|
|00:06:00||Start with the pentatonic Em pentatonic in position 1|
|00:06:35||Mirror on the octave position|
|00:07:03||Change to the Blues scale by adding a Bb (b5)|
|00:08:08||Why do people get locked into these patterns?|
|00:09:59||Blues playing – minor over major chords|
|00:10:07||Greg Koch – TrueFire video on Jeff Beck|
|00:11:18||Let’s look at neutral notes|
|00:13:27||What else is there that we can add to both a major or minor blues scenario?|
|00:14:21||The b5 note is already playing outside the key as a deliberate tension or flavour|
|00:15:39||Played on it’s own it sounds like Nine Inch Nails – Hurt|
|00:15:45||Adding the second, F#, works in both a major and a minor scenario|
|00:17:09||The octave up position with the F# added in|
|00:18:08||This is called the hexitonal scale or the pedestrian minor|
|00:19:09||Setting up the first backing track: Chicago Blues Shuffle Backing Track (E) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_BPMCYcl8Y)|
|00:19:37||Soloing over the backing track with pentatonic position 5 only|
|00:20:40||Now we use the Blues Scale (adding in the Bb note)|
|00:21:46||Now the hexitonal – adding the F# or the major second|
|00:22:51||Put it all together – Blues and major second|
|00:24:11||The added F# changes the vibe quite drastically|
|00:24:49||Play through the Blues note quite quickly as an inflection|
|00:25:26||Nine Inch Nails use of the b5 and the Ace of Spades|
|00:26:35||A standard track in Em rather than the major Blues Shuffle|
|00:27:57||Interlocking pentatonic shape like a jigsaw on the fretboard|
|00:29:12||Elevated Jam Tracks – Soulful Chill in Eminor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBZepOP0mvI)|
|00:32:16||Follow down through the positions and keep your rhythmic intent|
|00:33:26||Following rhythmic play through the scales|
|00:35:31||A simple way to increase interest in a pentatonic scale by adding the F# note|
Last ten lessons for new arrivals or those who want to brush up on this content
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