Develop Your Blues Guitar Soloing by Using the Minor 6th Pentatonic Scale Adding the 9th Tone in the Playing

When playing blues guitar one can get stucked in the blues scale and the common minor pentatonic scale. To develop and go further from that the minor 6th pentatonic scale is a good choice and when you put in the 9th tone to it you have a new palette to use to your blues playing.

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Develop Your Blues Guitar Soloing by Using the Minor 6th Pentatonic Scale Adding the 9th Tone in the Playing
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When playing blues guitar one can get stucked in the blues scale and the common minor pentatonic scale. To develop and go further from that the minor 6th pentatonic scale is a good choice and when you put in the 9th tone to it you have a new palette to use to your blues playing. In this lesson I´ll show and discuss the minor 6th pentatonic scale adding the 9th tone and how to use it in the blues guitar soloing.

Below you have the A minor 6th pentatonic scale and the same scale including the 9th tone.

A minor 6th pentatonic scale

 

A minor 6th pentatonic scale with the 9th tone

 

These scales creates variations and a new sound to your blues playing. Down below there are two soloing lines from my playing in the guitar lesson video. They will give you some ideas to use the scales when it can be hard to get into a new scale in the beginning. Then it´s good to catch ideas from other players and go further from them to find your own way.

 

 

The chord schedule to my playing and the backing track in the video is:

II A7 I A7 I A7 I A7 I

I D7 I D7 I A7 I A7 I

I E7 I D7 I A7 I E7 II

There are also a backing track for you to practice with in the end of the video.



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Hope you´ll find this lesson useful and good luck!

Thomas Berglund is a musician that has played in many different styles through the years. He also work as a guitar teacher and have a YouTube channel with guitar lessons, releases and concert videos. To find out more you can visit his YouTube channel.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    TeeBee8
    The guitar lesson video is missing in the article so here it is:
    beggar__
    Isn't it just dorian?
    TeeBee8
    In fact, it is not when it isn´t a 7th tone in the minor 6th pentatonic scale. The 7th tone is replaced by the major 6th tone. If you put in the 7th tone in the scale with adding the 9th tone it will be a dorian.
    pet9r
    Hi TeeBee8,  Great lesson! When do you feel it is suitable to mix in the 6th pentatonic? Is there some kind of system, e.g. on the change to the IV-chord or on the change to V-chord - the turnaround?
    TeeBee8
    The minor 6th pentatonic scale is good to all the chords in a standard 3 chord blues progression so it's more of a "feeling" to use it when you think it will sound good. So there are no special situations but more to listening where it fits in your solos. Thanks for comment.
    pet9r
    I see, so knowledge of the flawor is necessary i order to know when to "feel" and mix in. Thank you! I am gonna try it out and see if I can make it work.