Learn how to play the Blues scale
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Am Blues scale shapes
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The Blues scale is the second most common scale guitar players use when they improvise. To build it, all you do is add the b5 to the Minor Pentatonic.
If you have been calling out the intervals as you practised your Minor Pentatonic, you will know where all your 4th and 5th are in each shape. To build the Blues scale, simply add the b5 in between!
Knowing where the intervals are within the scale is the key to being able to just add a note like this to the shapes.
Later on, when you learn the minor modes, you will do this again, just with other intervals.
Connect Blues scale shapes
This exercise connects all five shapes of the Blues scale.
Don’t expect to nail this on your first go, just take it slowly, in time you’ll get it.
Once you’re cool with playing this in Am as I do in the video, crack on with Dm, Gm etc, all the way around the cycle of 4th.
Triplets are used in this connect shapes exercise. As well as triplets, why not play this exercise using 16th notes?
The more ways you can find to vary the rhythm of an exercise, the quicker you’ll complete it.
Cycle of 4th
Your final Blues scale exercise move to the nearest shape possible as we go through your favourite cycle, the cycle of 4th!
Just like when you practised the Minor Pentatonic, the movement of this exercise flows like this:
Em shape – Am shape – Dm shape – Gm shape – Cm shape.
When you played through five shapes, start on the root of Bb and continue up the fretboard.
When you can play this exercise at a high BPM, stop practising the Blues scale shapes!