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Terry1216
post Mar 14 2012, 09:49 PM
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I love to play some blues on my guitar and i usually use blues scale ,minor pent scale or even dorian mode. However, i wanna expand my notes which means i wanna try some other scales and i am really confused as I have no idea how to use major pent and mixolydian scales with my blues scales. I want some explanations on 1.) how to use those scales on a normal A7 D7 E7 progression with my blues scale and also 2.) what scales can i use on minor blues progressions like Am Dm Em. Thx a lot~
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post Mar 16 2012, 11:14 AM
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QUOTE (Terry1216 @ Mar 14 2012, 08:49 PM) *
I love to play some blues on my guitar and i usually use blues scale ,minor pent scale or even dorian mode. However, i wanna expand my notes which means i wanna try some other scales and i am really confused as I have no idea how to use major pent and mixolydian scales with my blues scales. I want some explanations on 1.) how to use those scales on a normal A7 D7 E7 progression with my blues scale and also 2.) what scales can i use on minor blues progressions like Am Dm Em. Thx a lot~


Hey Terry! I will answer your second question first - regarding a minor progression - you can use the Dorian mode for instance over this progression. So if we have the Am Dm Em based progression, you can build your licks including the 2nd and 6th steps in the minor pentatonic scale formula:

Minor Pentatonic formula: 1 b3 4 5 b7 8
Dorian Mode: 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7 8

So if we add the 2nd and 6th in the mix, we can offer the Dorian flavor to our pentatonic licks smile.gif if you'd like some examples, please take a look at the thread below as it has details on using the Dorian mode plus examples tabbed out in the guitar pro format and in the pdf format

https://www.guitarmasterclass.net/guitar_fo...st&p=566956

As for your second question - there is a very interesting combo of modes which shall be covered next Wednesday at 8 PM London time in my video chat session. It's mainly a mixture between the blues mode and the mixolydian mode. If you can't attend the chat, let me know so I can send you a link with the materials we shall be discussing over wink.gif

If you need further help, I am here for ya man!

all the best

Cosmin


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post Mar 16 2012, 07:11 PM
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QUOTE (Terry1216 @ Mar 14 2012, 08:49 PM) *
I love to play some blues on my guitar and i usually use blues scale ,minor pent scale or even dorian mode. However, i wanna expand my notes which means i wanna try some other scales and i am really confused as I have no idea how to use major pent and mixolydian scales with my blues scales. I want some explanations on 1.) how to use those scales on a normal A7 D7 E7 progression with my blues scale and also 2.) what scales can i use on minor blues progressions like Am Dm Em. Thx a lot~


Hello!
I am glad that you are trying new things and don't want to be stuck in the same style!
You can use:
A7 - A mixolydian, A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, F# minor pentatonic, A melodic minor
D7 - D mixolydian A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, D melodic minor
E7 - E mixolydian A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, F# minor pentatonic, E melodic minor
Or you can play a mixolydian through this chord progression

For minor blues you can use
Ami - Adorian, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, you can also play A harmonic minor
Dmi - D dorian, D harmonic minor, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic
Emi - E dorian, E harmonic minor, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!

QUOTE (Terry1216 @ Mar 14 2012, 08:49 PM) *
I love to play some blues on my guitar and i usually use blues scale ,minor pent scale or even dorian mode. However, i wanna expand my notes which means i wanna try some other scales and i am really confused as I have no idea how to use major pent and mixolydian scales with my blues scales. I want some explanations on 1.) how to use those scales on a normal A7 D7 E7 progression with my blues scale and also 2.) what scales can i use on minor blues progressions like Am Dm Em. Thx a lot~


Hello!
I am glad that you are trying new things and don't want to be stuck in the same style!
You can use:
A7 - A mixolydian, A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, F# minor pentatonic, A melodic minor
D7 - D mixolydian A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, D melodic minor
E7 - E mixolydian A minor pentatonic, B minor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, F# minor pentatonic, E melodic minor
Or you can play a mixolydian through this chord progression

For minor blues you can use
Ami - Adorian, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic, you can also play A harmonic minor
Dmi - D dorian, D harmonic minor, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic
Emi - E dorian, E harmonic minor, A minor pentatonic, Dminor pentatonic, E minor pentatonic

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions!


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post Mar 16 2012, 09:00 PM
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I want to share with you may favorite "cheaters" tactic for rocking tasty blues major AND minor....

I'm certain you're familiar with the minor pentatonic/"blues" scale, right? Let say in the key of "A", and let's think about the "main" box (starting on the 5th fret low E-string).

Go ahead and move that form DOWN 4 frets, so you're starting on F#, and your pinky connects to the A note on the 5th fret. The KEY of your song doesn't change. If you play that same pentatonic "form" in this position, you are rocking major blues in A.


For me, that was an awesome "shortcut" to tastier blues licks! From there, I started to realize where the major 3rds are in both major/minor forms!1


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