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Soloing Over A Twelve Bar Blues

Robert Ridgeway (1351) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6

Some of the scales that fall outside the major and minor scales and modes are called synthetic. Of these, the whole-tone,the diminished and the pentatonic scales are the most commonly used in contemporary music.

The first approach is to use the A minor pentatonic scale over the entire progression for the classic blues sound.
A minor pent
A Min Blues
The next approach would be to use the A major pentatonic scale over the entire progression to give it a southern rock type of feel.
A major pent
A major pent
The next approach is to use the A major pentatonic over the one chord and the A minor pentatonic over the four and five chords.

Another approach would be to use the A minor over the one chord, D minor pentatonic over the four and E minor pentatonic over the five chord.
A minor pent
D minor pent
E minor pent
A different method would be to use A major pentatonic over the one chord, D major pentatonic over the four chord and the E major pentatonic over the five chord.
A major
D major pent
E major pent
The last approach i'll show you here is to use A mixolydian pentatonic over the one chord, D major pentatonic over the four chord and E minor pentatonic over the five chord.
A mixo pent
D major pent
E minor pent
Here is the five movable minor pentatonic scale patterns in A minor.
A minor pent
A minor pent
A minor pent
A minor pent
A minor pent
Here is the five movable A major pentatonic scale forms.
A major pent
A major pent
A major pent
A major pent
A major pent