Join Jared Meeker for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the pentatonic scales to play the 8-bar blues, part of Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Intermediate.
- All right, so now let's explore using…the pentatonic scales to solo over an eight bar Blues…instead of a 12 bar Blues.…And you can use both major and minor,…and I'm going to show you a little bit…of how to use either or mix them.…But first let's just isolate just the major…pentatonic scale and hear how that sounds over the Blues.…Check it out.…(clicking)…(Blues music)…All right, so now let's try improvising over that same…chord progression but just using the minor pentatonic scale.…
Here we go.…(clicking)…(Blues music)…All right, so now for this third example,…we're going to combine major and minor pentatonic scales.…So that just means that we're going to switch between them.…
So sometimes you get that major sound that's happy,…and sometimes you get the minor sound that's sad.…And this rise and fall affect really gives the listeners…this interesting, sort of, emotive context.…So check this out, here we go.…(clicking)…(Blues music)…
- Flatpicking arpeggios
- Tuning with harmonics
- Bending strings and vibrato
- Creating a monster funk groove
- Blurring the line between rhythm and lead
- Mapping the fretboard in boxes
- Getting creative with open strings
Skill Level Intermediate
1. New Colors and Textures
2. New Grooves and Styles
3. Pentatonic Possibilities
4. Mapping the Fretboard in Boxes
6. Introducing Alternate Tunings
Conclusion and credits2m 22s
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