#1
I have been playing guitar for a while and I feel like I'm pretty good at blues-rock type stuff, but lately I feel like I'm stuck playing nothing but pentatonic and blues scales, and that my solos don't have much originality. I've experimented with the major scale and gotten pretty good at that, but what would your suggestions be about what to learn next? Also, any practicing suggestions would be much appreciated!
#2
Use chromatic scales. Just make sure that you outline some of the notes of the chord you are playing over while playing it. If taht doesn't get you out of pentatonic land, then get a map.
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#3
Go to dorian land

Or maybe mixolydian


EDIT: To think of it, mixing a blues minor pentatonic with some dorian degrees works excellent.
#4
if you wand a strange sound, learn the Whole Tone Scale. easy and useful on occasion.
#5
maybe some arpeggios! Those are fun. And tapping. It's all really good. I've been playing for 4 years and I think that the penatonics are all you really ever need to know. It's all good. I'm in a blues band right now and all I use are the penatonics and blues really. I do use some chromatics, and lil' arpeggios. But arpeggios are for the shredding/thrash/metal type, ya know? This is just what I think, hope my advice helped ya.
#6
pentatonic is really just a very basic guideline for blues type stuff, there are loads of passing tones that you could throw in the get melodic or real bluesy sounds, it's also great for big bends like 1.5 step bends, try those, like here is one lick that is pretty cool that you probably hear a lot in blues type stuf (idk if you've ever played it or not, but w/e), in Am

e -----12b15-12-11--10-----8-10--10h11p10p8---------------------------
b ----------------------------------------------------------10~~-----------------
#7
try mixing the pentatonic with different modes. i always borrow notes from the dorian, aeolian, phrygian mostly. i also switch from major to minor every once in a while when i can. i also add some other notes that arent really in a mode but they are just for passing tones so its ok.
#8
Yup, I mix alot of the modes and scales up together to make like...an ultimate solo paradise! :0...(Well....not paradise, but it still sounds pretty good.).

I say check out phygerian...(spelling?)
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#9
Learn modes

just fill in the two missing notes to obtain the diatoinic.

It's simple, there's bacially two patterns stringed toghter in the
pentatonic....the maj penta and min penta.


example

E----------5---------8
B----------5---------8
G----------5------7------ (C major pentatonic)

D----------5------7-----
A----------5------7-----
E----------5-----------8 (A minor pentatonic)

To play A min aerionan

D---------5---------7
A---------5---------7---8--
E---------5---------7---8--

To play A phygian

D---------5---------7
A---------5---------7---8
E---------5--6----------8

Note: I'm using the pentatonic as a stencil and just filling in the 2 missing notes.

A Doraian


D---4---5---------7---
A--------5---------7----
E--------5---------7---8

A Locrian or dIM OR Min 5b....do what it say, drop the 5th note 1/2 pitch


D--------5-------7
A--------5---6--------8
E--------5---6--------8


To play the harmonic min, just raise the 7th note of the areonian 1/2 step (ptich)

Example:


D-------------6---7--
A---------5-------7--8
E-----4--5-------7---8


Whole tone

E-----------------------------------------10-------12
B-----------------------------------9---------11
G-------------------------8--------9---
D--------------------7--------9---
A---------------6-------8----
E----------5-------7---
Last edited by Ordinary at Mar 7, 2007,
#10
Quote by Ordinary
Learn modes

just fill in the two missing notes to obtain the diatoinic.

It's simple, there's bacially two patterns stringed toghter in the
pentatonic....the maj penta and min penta.


example

E----------5---------8
B----------5---------8
G----------5------7------ (C major pentatonic)

D----------5------7-----
A----------5------7-----
E----------5-----------8 (A minor pentatonic)

To play A min aerionan

D---------5---------7
A---------5---------7---8--
E---------5---------7---8--

To play A phygian

D---------5---------7
A---------5---------7---8
E---------5--6----------8

Note: I'm using the pentatonic as a stencil and just filling in the 2 missing notes.

A Doraian


D---4---5---------7---
A--------5---------7----
E--------5---------7---8

A Locrian or dIM OR Min 5b....do what it say, drop the 5th note 1/2 pitch


D--------5-------7
A--------5---6--------8
E--------5---6--------8


To play the harmonic min, just raise the 7th note of the areonian 1/2 step (ptich)

Example:


D-------------6---7--
A---------5-------7--8
E-----4--5-------7---8


Whole tone

E-----------------------------------------10-------12
B-----------------------------------9---------11
G-------------------------8--------9---
D--------------------7--------9---
A---------------6-------8----
E----------5-------7---


That's a poor explanation of modes.
Modes are altered major scales, and they're defined by the backing chords.
For instance, Lydian is a major scale with a sharped 4th, and mixolydian has a flat 7th. All modes cover the entire fretboard.
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