#1
Hey. This is my first article. Yeah, anyway,let's go straight into it. Rock quintessentially originated from the Blues scale. So here it is:
The Blues Scale:
|-1------------4----------|
|-1------------4----------|
|-1--------3---4---------|
|-1--------3--------------|
|-1---2---3--------------|
|-1®---------4----------|

Basically you play it in this way:


|------------------------------------------------------------------1-------4-|
|-------------------------------------------------------1------4-------------|
|--------------------------------------1-----3-----4-------------------------|
|----------------------------1-----3-----------------------------------------|
|-----------1----2-----3-----------------------------------------------------|
|--1---4---------------------------------------------------------------------|


That?s how the blues scale works. The ® marks the root of the whole scale, so if you?re playing it on the fifth fret, it becomes an A Blues Scale. Simple as that. Try remembering this progression and play it with increasing speed. For variations, play it backwards (note: for some reason, playing scales backward is faster 90% of the time).

Once you?ve familiarized yourself with this scale, we can start with all the nitty gritty stuff. Here?s a progression to try out:


|------------------------------------------------------------------------------1----4|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------1-------1--------|
|--------------------------------------------------1-----3----4-------4-------------|
|--------------------------------1----3----1/3--------------------------------------|
|----------1-----1----2---3---------------------------------------------------------|
|--1---4-----4----------------------------------------------------------------------|


This progression is a straightforward manipulation of the blues scale. Basically, you just play following the scale with a few skips here and there to create effect. It?s a very basic progression, without any guitar tricks (except a single slide to add depth), so it shouldn?t be any problem to master.


Alternately, move the whole progression down to the fifth fret, which makes it slightly easier to play. Once you can scale through this progression easily enough, try editing it to add your own feel to it without actually changing the original progression. I?ve left plenty of places to insert hammer-ons, pull offs, slides, and bends. An interesting thing to try in this progression is a double slide on the third string. Slide from (1) to (3), quickly pick it and slide down to (4).


An important aspect of the Blues scale is texture and feel. That?s exactly what you have to insert into every Blues-based solos. Blues scales work especially well with tricks like bending and sliding. Pepper this throughout your solo, and insert licks to maximize the scale?s potential. A good trick is to use licks based on the minor pentatonic scale (the one which corresponds with the Blues scale). So if you?re playing your Blues scale on an A, use licks based on the A minor pentatonic scale.

Back to progressions. Here?s an intermediate level one to try out:
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------5h7p5/7/8--[9b]---8/7b----------------------|
|---5--------------5h7---------------------------------------------------|
|------7--6--5~----------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

This is the first part. Very basic stuff, just work on the speed. You have to play this real fast, with expression and accent, to make it sound good. Note the [10b] which is a bend on the 10th fret. This is from the A minor pentatonic scale and not from the Blues scale itself. Mixing a minor scale into the Blues scale creates an extra expression. On to the second part, then.

|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------585858--[10b]--85-----|
|--------------------------57~--7----5~--------------------------------|
|-------------------57---------------------------------------------------|
|---5h6--7--765--------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

There. Slightly more complex in certain parts. Start out with a regular speed, around 2 notes per second, then when you hit the ?765? on the 5th string, speed on at around 4-6 notes per second. Aim for a bluesy vibrating sound at the ~ areas. The group of ?58? at the second string has to be played very very quickly, and make sure you pick them out clearly. Once again, the [10b] is brought in from the pentatonic scale to add spice. Give it a nice quick bend and hit in the last two notes. The next part is all about speed.
|-----------------------00-----------00----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------55--------------------|
|----5/7h8-57b--75---------------------57875~--5--77--57b--5(hold)---|
|-----------------------75~--5757~57~------------7-------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

And that?s the end of this progression. Observe how you have to come in flying with a slide, hammer and bend rapidly in succession. Then, spam the notes (make sure you play the empty string too) with expression wherever needed. For this section, double string playing is used towards the end. You can pluck both strings quickly if you want, but an easier way is to strum both very quickly, creating a single note sound. Put all the parts of the progression together, familiarize yourself with it, and soon enough you?ll be able to personalize it to your liking.

That?s about it for Part One of this lesson. Really short I know, but it?s enough for basics. Play around with the scale and come up with your own progressions. For next lessons, I?ll show you how to mix scales professionally into the Blues scale and offer some riffs and licks. Till next time. Ciaoz!
#3
can you put the code tabs in?

And, don't put: "play this part real fast" or anything dealing with speed because blues ain't all about speed. Just tell them to play it where they can feel it and it sounds good to them.
#4
Like, from guitar pro or something? Might get around to doing it. Thanks for the advice. Yeah, I get what you're saying, but I just wanted to point out the speed difference. Any other comments, anyone?
#6
there are better articles on the blues scale. nice try, but there are a ton of articles on this stuff.
#7
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#8
Quote by The_Strat_Man
can you put the code tabs in?

And, don't put: "play this part real fast" or anything dealing with speed because blues ain't all about speed. Just tell them to play it where they can feel it and it sounds good to them.



i agree. blues isnt too hard to play...but you have to feel it. its more than the blues scale and vibrato
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#9
not to steal your article, but here's all the tabs in code

|------------------------------------------------------------------1-------4-|
|-------------------------------------------------------1------4-------------|
|--------------------------------------1-----3-----4-------------------------|
|----------------------------1-----3-----------------------------------------|
|-----------1----2-----3-----------------------------------------------------|
|--1---4---------------------------------------------------------------------|

|------------------------------------------------------------------------------1----4-|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------1-------1---------|
|--------------------------------------------------1-----3----4-------4---------------|
|--------------------------------1----3----1/3----------------------------------------|
|----------1-----1----2---3-----------------------------------------------------------|
|--1---4-----4------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|------------------------5h7p5/7/8--[9b]---8/7b----------------------------|
|---5--------------5h7-----------------------------------------------------|
|------7--6--5~------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------------585858--[10b]--85-----------|
|--------------------------57~--7----5~------------------------------------|
|-------------------57-----------------------------------------------------|
|---5h6--7--765------------------------------------------------------------|
|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

|-----------------------00-----------00-----------------------------------------|
|---------------------------------------------------------55--------------------|
|----5/7h8-57b--75---------------------57875~--5--77--57b--5(hold)--------------|
|-----------------------75~--5757~57~------------7------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
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The
e|--3---0---0--|
B|--0---1---0--|
G|--0---2---1--|
D|--0---2---2--|
A|--2---0---2--|
E|--3---x---0--|
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#11
Hey, everyone, thanks for replying... This was kinda like a test type of thing... Will be making a real tutorial soon.. Well, technically, I'm already working on it...
And, by the way, can anyone please tell me how you put tabs into code?