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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 8: Minor Pentatonic Scale and Keys

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 8: Minor Pentatonic Scale and Keys

Brian Jackson, Author/Publisher/Educator

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    • 1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 8

    • 2. Minor Pentatonic Scale

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Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 8: Minor Pentatonic Scale and Keys

This is the eighth class in the series. In this class we learn to play the minor pentatonic scale, the basis for all blues lead guitar.


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Brian Jackson



Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.

Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and eBook formats. Oddly enough this includes eBooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon... See full profile

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1. Blues Guitar Lessons for Beginners 8: Have you ever wanted to take private lessons from the world's greatest professional guitarist? Yeah, me, too. How about settling for me instead? Consider this. I played guitar off and on now for the last several decades and still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. But that still makes me probably a better guitars than you. Another thing to consider. I seem to be a good teacher. I taught several friends how to play blues, rhythm and leave. Now I'm asking you to join the team, not because I'm a great guitarist. I'm far from it. Not because I've developed some revolutionary new teaching method, though I may have. You don't know not because I'm out to make a $1,000,000 though. Wouldn't that be cool? I'm asking you to join me because it will be fun for both of us. This'll course is unique and that I'm not a very good guitar player, So taking this course is more like sharing guitar tips with a buddy. It's less intimidating than spending lots of money and learning from a professional. So come on, let's play some blues guitar together. There are few things more rewarding on this planet than making music with. We'll begin with learning how to play open E and open a power courts. The core, the blues and rock and roll was in just one finger. Then we'll add that be accord using the second finger. And from there were off to the races. Power chords, open courts, bar courts, rock and roll rhythm and blues shuffle with it's all Here in guitar diagrams and talent. The course includes information on a how to play lead guitar and comes to a climax with the solo blues intro Shuffle, Turn Around and singing and lead Conclusion. By the end of this course, you'll know everything you need to play. Begin blues, rhythm and lead guitar or your money back. No, seriously, you Demi offers a 30 day, no questions asked. Money back guarantee on corgis is courses purchased, so there goes your risk. So if you ever wanted to learn how to play blues guitar way, not join me for a one buddy session while we learned together, I'll see you in the classroom. This has been Brian 2. Minor Pentatonic Scale: Hi, everybody here. You were all excited about beginning to learn lead guitar, and I hit you with a bunch of theory stuff. That's right. We're gonna begin the lead guitar section with the shortest lecture, I hope on the minor pentatonic scale and keys Whenever it comes to playing lead, the first thing you always do is you learn the minor pentatonic scale. It's actually somewhat tedious, so let's get through it as quickly as possible. Here's what it looks like in G, and the reason I'm playing it in G rather than E. Is that you don't have those open notes down there. Play those with one after or a one finger. After all, the only time you're gonna play an open E as the one finger in a scale is 1/12 or even less if you consider sharps and flats of the key is that you can plan. So learn how to play with your one finger down there rather than an open note, and to begin on like G G's a good place to begin. A lot of people will call it Let's play a blues in G and they started strumming away and what these are is the notes that sound good in a blues in Aggie. Now, first of all, you're playing a G minor scale, which is kind of the sad scale. If you wanted to pay it, play a G major scale, by the way, just move up. Three frets, and you'd be playing the G major scale. That's happy time music, But we're playing the blues here, so it's interesting that the root of your scale begins on the root note. That's handy because that's where you begin your strum to pretty much so it's called the G minor scale, because it's played in a minor position around the major position for the scale, and it's panda tonic because it only has five tones in the scale, and then it repeats again. Now, once again, these the notes that sound good in a blues, and what we're gonna do is we're gonna play them together once. Then I'm gonna play the blues and you're gonna play them over me playing the blues, which is basically the beginning of you playing lead. So let's go ahead and let's play this pentatonic scale together, Okay? You didn't hear it cause I normally edited out, but I actually got my guitar into my lap without beating it up on my desk. I'm a little cramped here, but I'm gonna play the blues with you as best I can. Here we go. So let's play the pentatonic scale beginning on the G. Then we'll put that weak fourth finger into play on that string as well and play that fourth. So just practice that if you could do that back and forth, man, you're way ahead of me, actually, because I'm stranding to do it. Okay, now we go down to the next string and it's one and three. Okay, whoa. And we go down to the next drink and it's one and three. And the way that this is easy to remember is it's the three or the one to the four is the first string, and then you get three of 12 threes and then you get the last two. Is that what the 1st 1 was? So it's almost kind of balanced, except you get a double there at the end. So let's let's go through them is if we knew that and looking at it, we can surmise that So it goes those of the notes that sound good in the blues. So So what I want you to do is I want you to play those notes with me. So let's play those notes together one more time and we'll see if they have to be edited out and backwards, by the way, is really handy Teoh. Okay, so there you go up and down play the G minor pentatonic scale. And after doing that, what I'm going to do now is I'm gonna play the old familiar strong, Remember, we're gonna play the G bar chords strum and in a shuffle rhythms the blues and a C followed by a D and back down to the sea and back down to the G. And in the meantime, what you're going to dio is you're gonna play this pentatonic scale so I'll leave this up here on the screen and here you go. Here's an introduction even keep plan that lead way. - Oh , thank you for doing that. That was fun. So I hope you had a good lead playing the scale over my rhythm as I gave you various rhythms in the key of G and you played the G minor pentatonic scale over the top. What about the A? Let's do it one more time. What have you were to play the A. I'm not going to show you the cords anymore, because I'm just gonna move up two frets and you don't need to worry about that. You need to worry about moving up. Two frets and playing. Ah, lead over this Now lead, but at least a scale. So let's go. - Mm . Good. So this is the way you hang out around a campfire and you play the blues together with somebody playing the pentatonic scale, and they're going, Okay, what kind of leader my gonna pick out of here? But we don't have the time to learn leads based on the pentatonic scale. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna move right on to playing leads some substantial ones in the next lecture. And just in case you don't have a partner to play with, we're gonna learn how to play those leads along with some rhythm by ourselves. So that's the next two lectures coming up. So there we go. We played the a ah, rhythm And you played your pentatonic scale over it. I just want to point out that if people call out a scale, if you know these notes and where they are, right. If you paused right now and you went okay, I'm gonna play these notes over and over against that. I know where they are. Notice that you're going from e through sea and the sea replicates on the A and then you're going through F, which is up there just above the you're playing an entire active you can play any chord. And I played the you the shapes where I showed you the shapes for the major minor and seventh chords. That's the majority of music that you're going to be asked to play. Now I want to point out some things about the pentatonic scale. First of all, it repeats, right? We already know this from tuning our guitar As you go up a string, the string begins to replicate the string down below as you hold notes on it. So if I just took that one shape, which is over here on the right in the box that I'm Mark one, I could plan that one box or I could move over to the to box notice. There's a thing here called the house, which you can actually play a lot of leads in its five notes in this little house shape. And if you can figure out where that is relative to the root note, so look up to the upper right hand corner were in the root of F, by the way, just so I can fit more notes on the screen, you know often plan F, but there is the house that you might want to find. And then there's playing in the box three and there's a box for before it all repeats again with box one. My point in this lecture, which is gonna be fairly quick, is not to tell you about how to play the pentatonic scale in every shape that you could encounter. Just to tell you that as you learn more, you're gonna want to play another shapes. And by the way, here's some other notes, right? So here's Arpanet tonic scale in G, and what I've done is I've highlighted these blue notes, which are nice passing notes, and as a result, the string right before that passing note is a really Nice note, Toe bend. So let me play this for you. And you can see how the passing notes sounds really cool within the minor pentatonic scale . Okay, here we go. In a right. So that's it. Up and down with the passing notes. And I did a little Oh, okay. Wiggle on that. Yeah, whatever. But that 13 note up there is run. We're gonna wanna wail on it. Sounds great if you bend the string as you plant. So here we go. We played the May the G minor pentatonic scale with passing notes. Play them over and over again. Here, let me go back to the screen. Here they are with the passing notes. Freeze the screen right here and play this a few times for me. Okay? Once you're done, then let's go ahead forward. And what I want to talk about is wailing on his string. So what you're gonna dio is you're gonna take this string. That's a good bending string in that key, because it's got two notes in front of it that are either in the key or a passing note. So, Ugo right, the blues are about sadness, so whale out. What I'm gonna have you do is go and bend that a whole step ended up 1/2 step. Bend it up as's faras. You want to get that note in there? Well, I play the blues and G and there you go. I hope that was a decent amount of time to whale on that string, and I hope it sounded really cool. So what have we learned in this lecture? Well, how to play the G minor pentatonic scale? That's pretty big. How to move it to a minor. A reminder. Had a play in any key. Just move up and down. If you remember those notes, remember where that slide isn't go to it. And then how the pentatonic scale pattern repeats as you move up the pred board how to play a minor pentatonic scale passing notes and then wailing on those good bending strings. So with that in the next lecture, we're going to look at essential blues guitar lead licks. So we're gonna basically go, you know? Yeah, For building a great knowledge of lead guitar, you need to know the pentatonic scale and how to incorporate things that have notes in there and and And we're just gonna learn some cool leads. And then what we're gonna do is win Hill back and forth between playing rhythms, singing and playing lead toe Create a complete blue song After all, we've got an introduction. Turnarounds We got a lead, We got a rhythm We got singing What the heck? We get the whole thing So we're gonna put an entire song together by the end of this course I'm getting excited things air heating up. So I'll see you in the next lecture.