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Blues Lead Lesson 1

Scott Woodard (129) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2

In this first lead lesson I am going to give you some simple scale patterns and licks to work on before putting them into your own solos..

A simple 12 bar blues progression revolves around the I, IV and V chord. This is covered more over in the theory section. For now just trust me. The simplest and most effective scale to use for blues soloing is the minor pentatonic. First you need to learn the pattern for the minor pentatonic, which at the moment is in A, and play it over the 12 bar in A. This will give you an idea of what the pentatonic sounds like over the chords. It will also give you an idea of which notes sound better over which chords, so keep listening. The E is for whole notes so you should play two notes for every click of the metronome. I suggest starting slowly before getting the tempo of this up to about 100-120 BPM. Remember to use alternate picking for this.