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Blues And Rock Scale Options

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
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Change all the A chords to A Minor types:

A minor
A minor


Change all the D chords to D minor types:

D minor
D minor


For the E7 chord, try the following:

E7#9
E7
E7#9#5


Insert into the 12-bar form and go!

I like to use this scale, which technically would be called something like HARMONIC MINOR add b5, but I call it Spanish Blues. You'll hear why.....
This scale is in Ab; in order to play it over A Blues, move it up a half-step (one fret). This mistake I realized later on, but it has also turned out to be a valuable part of the lesson. Not all blues are in the Key of A! Learn the different starting points for scales (root locations)! You will be ready when someone busts out an Eb Blues....Refer to lesson, Hey Joe and the CAGED Theory for note location methods. Once, and you own it for life....until you find altered tunings..:).

SpanishBlues