#1
I usually get really sad sounding bluesy solos when I'm playing. I mostly use the minor blues pentatonic scale and the major one. Any tips on how I should move around the fretboard to make them sound happier?
#2
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I usually get really sad sounding bluesy solos when I'm playing. I mostly use the minor blues pentatonic scale

That may be why...
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#5
major scales are great to use for pretty much anything
especially happy things
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That may be why...


but when i use the major it sounds like that too. I think it may have something to do with my fingering. How do you usually move your fingers when you're playing a happier sounding solo?
#7
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Major scales... Phrasing is more of it than scales tho (IMO) because if you're good at phrasing it's not hard to make even a minor scale sound happy and upbeat.


how should I phrase it though?
#8
well actually if you only know the minor scale shapes you can still make it sound happy. The overall sound comes from which notes you start on and what you sustain. But yeah knowing how to fit major scales into your improv would definately help
#10
For a quick fix, play the minor pentatonic of the key three frets below, so play in Em pentatonic over a G progresion. You'll actually be playing in G major pentatonic that way. Playing a minor scale over a blues progression will give you an overall minor tonality, both from your lead parts and the chord progression.

Ideally though, just play the full major scale - listen to Brian May for some brilliant examples, Killer Queen and Bohemian Rhapsody have some great major licks in them. Your key interval is the major third, make good use of that for guaranteed happy.
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#11
Try to sing along ! You ill look dumb in beginning , but all the master blues players sings when they want a really vocal tone to their lines. BB , SRV , Robben Ford , Buddy and a lot other guys. You can see when they play live , those really melodies.

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#12
try hitting the root notes of the chord as they change whilst using your ordinary scales
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#13
Quote by Bradexman
I usually get really sad sounding bluesy solos when I'm playing. I mostly use the minor blues pentatonic scale and the major one. Any tips on how I should move around the fretboard to make them sound happier?



Down a fifth of scotch before playing and the fretboard will move on its own.
#14
Down a fifth of scotch before playing and the fretboard will move on its own.
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Quote by Ed782
Down a fifth of scotch before playing and the fretboard will move on its own.
Chorduroy.


Lol i dunno how to quote on this but lol that was. Lol great line man!



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Thanks. Originally I was gonna say pass the bottle around to the audience, but that could get expensive.




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