Join Tricia Woods for an in-depth discussion in this video Combined pentatonic scale, part of Beginning Blues Keyboard.
- So we're finding more and more right hand sounds…that will work over a 12-bar blues.…If you put them all together,…you end up with something called…the combined pentatonic scale.…This scale is built by putting all of the notes…from the major pentatonic scale…together with all of the notes from the blues scale,…which we know is just the minor pentatonic…plus one extra note.…Let's check this out in the key of C,…Here's the C major pentatonic.…(C major scale)…C, D, E, G, and A.…
That gives you one type of sound on the blues.…Now here's a C blues scale.…(C blues scale)…That gave us another type of sound on the blues.…Put together, you get C, D,…E-flat, E,…F,…G-flat,…G, A, and B-flat.…And we have endless sound possibilities.…Okay, that's a lot of notes to work with…and sometimes we have to be careful how we use them.…
For an example, here's an idea from the combined scale…that we might play over…the first four bars in a C blues.…(C blues music)…Now normally we might choose to repeat the same idea…over the next four bars of the form.…
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- Labeling the chord and triads
- Triad inversions
- The blues scale and the major pentatonic scale
- Playing off the dominant chord and dominant bass line
- Dominant chord inversions
- Playing off the triad
- Blues fills
- Endings and introductions
- Boogie-woogie bass lines
- Cycle of 5ths and the 6th chord
Skill Level Beginner
1. Blues Harmony
2. Blues Melodies
3. Dominant Chords
5. Turnarounds, Endings, and Introductions
Boogie-woogie bass lines4m 12s
7. Advanced Harmony: Slow Blues
Next steps1m 40s
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