Pentatonic Blender


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Scales, scales, and more scales. There’s a bunch of them.

As Blues players, we can say a whole lot on the guitar with just two very powerful scales: the Major Pentatonic Scale and the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

But once you know these two “Swiss Army Knife” scales, it’s hard to know which scale to play over a progression and what tones from the scale will actually sound good. Sticking with one scale can get the job done, but you’re leaving some really sweet notes untouched if you do.

That’s where blending the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales comes in handy.

In this course, we’ll blur the lines between the two in a fun and creative way. Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • How to Select the Scale for the Song
  • Which Notes Sound Good Over Each Chord
  • How to Borrow Notes from an Outside Scale
  • How to Solo Through the Chord Changes

This course uses these key concepts as building blocks on our way to a 12-bar blues solo that mixes the major and minor pentatonic scale sounds. I’ll take you step-by-step through the solo and there’s also an interactive tab player for the performance video that you can slow down and loop different parts to learn the lines at your own pace.

This course is included with the BGI Premium Membership and comes with downloadable tab files and streaming backing tracks.

If using your pentatonic scales to make real music seems out of reach, check out this course and let’s start jamming!

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