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Mixing Major and Minor Boxes #1

by Ivan Milenkovic

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  • Hello there GMC, and welcome to my new lesson series, this time the topic is mixing major and minor pentatonic patterns in blues soloing to create a more richer phrasing elements.

    Mixing major and minor scales (primarily third intervals) in blues, but also in other forms of music influenced by blues, is one of the essential concepts of improvising in general.

    In order to learn to mix the patterns in a natural way you have to memorize the patterns and know where are the notes in both of them at the same time. If you are already familiar with pentatonic scale, this lesson should help you mix them fluidly.

    There will be 5 of these lessons, in order to cover all the boxes well. In this first lesson we will stay in the box 1 of the minor and box 1 of the major pentatonic scale. In second lesson we will play in boxes 2, and so on.

    Even through this is not-so-difficult lesson, we will try to learn few cool bluesy licks along the way and couple of phrasing elements, and phrasing effects. Watch carefully the videos and try to capture all those subtle details - they are the things that makes the solo sound good.

    Have fun! :)

    A minor pentatonic:

    A major pentatonic:
    Mixed patterns in position 1:

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