Expanding My Blues Vocabulary.
 Sep 17 2008, 07:36 AM Post #1 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 2.348 Joined: 5-July 08 From: Enschede/overijssel/Nederland Member No.: 5.426 I need some help. You know Joe Bonomassa right? What scales does he paly over a 12 bar? I really think its not only pentatonic.. + What is the "blue nots" ? I've heard people about this. It seems to make pentatonic scales even bluesier.. This post has been edited by Jesse: Sep 17 2008, 08:15 AM -------------------- Don't just play it. Feel it!
 Sep 17 2008, 09:25 AM Post #2 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 25.396 Joined: 20-November 07 From: Belgrade, Serbia Member No.: 3.341 Usual combination is X minor pentatonic/X dorian/X minor blues/X major third. For example, let's say you have X=A.There's a plenty combinations there to make it sound whatever you want. This post has been edited by Ivan Milenkovic: Sep 17 2008, 09:25 AM Attached image(s)   -------------------- - Ivan's Video Chat Lesson Notes HERE- Check out my GMC Profile and Lessons- (Please subscribe to my) YouTube Official Channel- Let's be connected through ! Facebook! :)
 Sep 17 2008, 09:29 AM Post #3 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 2.348 Joined: 5-July 08 From: Enschede/overijssel/Nederland Member No.: 5.426 So dorian mode is used in the blues?! Didn't knew that. Thank's! That image is like, all of those scales combined? I know the Dorian mode pattern. I know the minor pentatonic boxes. So Minor blues... I don't know which that one is:D This post has been edited by Jesse: Sep 17 2008, 09:32 AM -------------------- Don't just play it. Feel it!
 Sep 18 2008, 02:31 PM Post #4 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 1.202 Joined: 25-November 07 Member No.: 3.373 The minor blues is is the minor pentatonic(1 b3 4 5 b7) with 1 additional note - a b5. So the scale formula is: 1 b3 4 b5 5 b7. This b5 is known as the devils interval - it has a certain dissonant tonality to it - a tritone. It also adds a chromatic feel to some licks and riffs.
 Sep 18 2008, 02:56 PM Post #5 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 15.459 Joined: 22-June 07 From: Sarajevo,Bosnia Member No.: 2.159 You can also expand your Blues vocabulary using pentatonic only.What you should do is to try all licks you know already in each of 5 boxes of pentatonic scale,apply bends as well and you'll have tons of similar,but still new licks. -------------------- YoutubeMySpaceWebsiteAlbum "Let It Out" on iTunes and CD Baby Check out my video lessons and instructor board!The Pianist tune is progress,check it out!"ok.. it is great.. :Phave you myspace? Can i to personalize this for you guy?"
 Sep 18 2008, 04:19 PM Post #6 GMC Founder & Rocker Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 15.306 Joined: 15-August 05 From: Stockholm, Sweden Member No.: 2 QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Sep 18 2008, 03:56 PM) You can also expand your Blues vocabulary using pentatonic only.What you should do is to try all licks you know already in each of 5 boxes of pentatonic scale,apply bends as well and you'll have tons of similar,but still new licks. Very cool and handy advice - I agree with this! -------------------- Why you are better than you think
 Sep 18 2008, 04:30 PM Post #7 Instructor Group: GMC Instructor Posts: 8.109 Joined: 13-September 08 From: Nis, Serbia Member No.: 5.892 QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Sep 18 2008, 03:56 PM) You can also expand your Blues vocabulary using pentatonic only.What you should do is to try all licks you know already in each of 5 boxes of pentatonic scale,apply bends as well and you'll have tons of similar,but still new licks. Great advice! I would ad to learn one lick in 3 octaves and practice connecting it with click (metronome backing drum machine etc). Also try applying rhythmic variation to all your licks - that way you will have lots of licks instead of just one! -------------------- My Video Lessons
 Sep 18 2008, 05:29 PM Post #8 GMC:er Group: Members Posts: 2.348 Joined: 5-July 08 From: Enschede/overijssel/Nederland Member No.: 5.426 I always play to jamtracks:D Thank's for the tips! I also bend alot, but they are functional bends! This post has been edited by Jesse: Sep 18 2008, 05:34 PM -------------------- Don't just play it. Feel it!

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