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Blues And Rock Scale Options

Jay McConnell (2030) · [archive]
Style: Blues · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22


Much happier sound, right? But it's still got the blues and can be much bluesier when mixed with minor pentatonic. This gives a richer sound and there are two ways to incorporate this mix into your playing.

First let's combine the Major and minor pentatonic scales into one big, 9-tone scale that I call The Big Blues Scale. It's a little hard to manage because since there are so many notes, you have to be careful about which ones you choose to play over which chords to avoid some strong clashes. Here's what that would look like:

Big Blues Scale
Big Blues Scale


*Another extension at the end of No.2.

I ocassionally play this whole scale, usually at very fast speeds over the turnaround, jumbled up some way, but it really should be seen as a big overview of tones that are available to you at certain times in the song.