How To Use Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales When Soloing (Example 3)

Register

Example 3
Key
Starting Fret
Starting Finger
Scale Used
A Major
5th
1st
1st Minor Pentatonic

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Example 3 is using the 1st minor pentatonic scale again, but this time it is being played over a major chord progression to give a classic blues sound to the solo. If you take note of the last 3 notes in bar 12, there is a note that is not in the scale (6th fret on the 5th string). This note is however in the blues scale. The blues scale is identical to the Minor Pentatonic but has one extra note added in.

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Audio Example Explanations

  1. Riff & Backing: Use this to get an idea on how the riff fits over a chord & rhythm.
  2. Backing Only: Use this to practise the riff once you start to get it flowing
  3. Solo Only: Listen to the riff without the clutter of the backing instruments, or practise the chord progression along with it.

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