Blues In E

author: Tobias Asher date: 03/26/2009 category: music styles
rating: 5.9 / votes: 11 
I'm gonna go over these thing really quick because there are endless lessons on this site for the things above and if you get stuck you can check'em out 1. The Blues Scale Ok here it is, look at it and get it down (this is position 1&2 for E blues)
Open|fr1|fr2|fr3|fr4|fr5|
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-| The 0's are Open strings
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-| The rest of the # are the frets(1 fret,2fret,Ect,)
|-0-|---|-2-|-3-|-4-|---|
|-0-|---|-2-|---|---|-5-|
|-0-|-1-|-2-|---|---|-5-|
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-|
2. The Pentitonic Scale
Open|fr1|fr2|fr3|fr4|fr5|
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-|   It's the same as the blues scale, it's just
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-|   missing 2 passing tones (Notes)   
|-0-|---|-2-|---|-4-|---|   
|-0-|---|-2-|---|---|-5-|
|-0-|---|-2-|---|---|-5-|
|-0-|---|---|-3-|---|-5-|
3. Chords E,A,B7 Ok for all of you people out there that know your chords, yes, you can use 7th's and bar chords and 5th's and all of the other shit but lets keep it simple (So here are chords you need to get down)
  E       A      B7
|-0-|   |-0-|   |-2-|         Real Easy Chords but if your
|-0-|   |-2-|   |-0-|         Just starting then the B7 might
|-1-|   |-2-|   |-2-|         be a little hard for you
|-2-|   |-2-|   |-1-|         
|-2-|   |-0-|   |-2-|
|-0-|   |-0-|   |-0-|
4. 12bar Blues Pattern Ok as T stated at the top I'm not going to go over everything so heres the 12bar blues pattern and if you need help with it there's bound to be a lesson about 12bar somewhere on this site that puts thing more clearly
       Bar1           Bar2            Bar3            Bar4
        E               E               E               E
| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 |
 
       Bar5           Bar6            Bar7            Bar8
        A               A               E               E
| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 |
    
       Bar9           Bar10           Bar11          Bar12
        B7              A               E               E                 
| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 |
Each number is a strum so you would strum each bar 4 times Ok time for the lesson. Each time your done with struming a chord just put a little lick to lengthen the bar like this:
  RIFF1                                  RIFF2
between bars 1&2                end of bar6        beginning of bar 7
   \                                |               |
 |--0----------------0------|     |-0--------3-0------0--|
 |--0--s5-3--0-------0------|     |-2---s5-5-----3-0--1--|
 |--1----------2-0---1------|     |-2-----------------2--|
 |--2----------------2------|     |-2-----------------2--|
 |--2----------------2------|     |----------------------|
 |--------------------------|     |----------------------|
you can use this one between       use this one between 6&7
bars 1&2 and at the End of 4

                       RIFF3
 end of bar8           bar9        bar10    bar11 bar12 (E7 chord) 
    \                    \           \         \   \
 |--0--------------------1-----------0---------0---0---|      
 |--0--s4-4--3-3--2-0----0---s4--0---2--s4--0--0---3---|    
 |--1--------------------2-----------2---------1---1---|      
 |--2--------------------1-----------2---------2---2---|      
 |--2--------------------2---------------------2---2---|      
 |-------------------------------------------------0---|
A nice easy turn aroundat the end of bar8 using the notes of bar8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 you could just use riff 1 between bars 1&2, 4&5, 6&7, 10&11 and as a turnaround on bar 12 put your own riffs and licks in between the chords or play them over the chords if you have a rythem player.
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