Mixing Up Minor With Major Pentatonic Blues
Howsey
Nov 7 2008, 10:47 PM
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Hi, just wondering if anyone can help me please, i'm wanting to add a different flavour to my improvisation by Mixing up minor with major pentatonic blues, but i'm struggling to blend it together.
Any help would be much appreciated.
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Mark

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Jose Mena
Nov 7 2008, 11:01 PM
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It is really a matter of listening and analyzing the chord progression you are playing over. Take a look at my up tempo blues lesson

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/ls/up-tempo-blues-jam/

Here I do this, start with minor, introduce some notes from the major scale as well. It will not always sound good, so you need to experiment and get familiar with it.

Take any of the blues lesson's backing tracks and practice major for a while, then do the same with minor, when you are familiar with the sounds, you will be able to tell what sounds better when, and when to change from one scale to another.

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Ivan Milenkovic
Nov 7 2008, 11:10 PM
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Try to play one lick on minor scale, and then the same lick on major scale. Also when combined these 2 scales make something similar to dorian mode. You can check out my BB King lesson, for some major/minor pentatonic licks blendings.

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Howsey
Nov 10 2008, 07:01 PM
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Thanks very much Guys.

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fatb0t
Nov 10 2008, 07:10 PM
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In a chord progression of A7 D7 E7 - you can swap between the mixolydian, major pentatonic, and minor blues pentatonic for some interesting lines. I really like dominate chords because they open up so many possibilities...

For instance say the chord progression is going from E7 back to the A7, if you do a descending run in the mixo mode starting with an E note, ending on a A note it'll sound pretty cool. Then do some nice A minor pentatonic licks, then maybe when the chord progression changes to the D7 do some major licks. Some of the stuff I mentioned here theoretically shouldn't work, but if you try it on the guitar it does! Blues is a music that benefits from tension and switching between major and minor can build and release that tension... experimentttttttt over a nice backing track.

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