My name is chusss A self taught guitarist from Egypt, Playing Instrumental rock mainly but been exploring other genres.
In the two parts of this quick lesson I will share with you a cool method of mixing a few scales.
Here they are listed:
- Major pentatonic
- Minor pentatonic
- Blues scale
- Dorian mode
For a quick demo and some various examples watch the following video:
First, lets look at the major and minor pentatonic scale in E which is the key of this backing we have here.
The reason why many blues backing tracks don't tell if it's major or minor is because you can mix between them both (unless it's exclusively a minor blues track).
We are starting from fret 7 on string A now. Notice how E and B are common between the two scales (root and fifth).
This can help your eyes see both scales easily at the same position
The 3rd note G (and G#) is what makes the clear difference between the 2 scales because it's a major 3rd (G#) in E major and minor 3rd in E minor (G).
Now, try to experiment by playing the minor pentatonic shape over the backing track then do a hammer-on or a slide between G and G# (Easiest position is from fret 8 to fret 9 on B string and from fret 5 to 6 on D string). You will notice how the sound changes dramatically and clearly between the two scales.
Now you can apply the same at the fret 12 position, look at these scale maps (from fret 12 to 13 on G string and from fret 10 to 11 on A string).
Try to play any phrases you come up with on these two positions (fret 7 and fret 12) this will make you a more flexible player and will help us apply new tricks in the next part of this lesson.
You can apply the concepts of this lesson along with this backing track which is in the key of E:
Now you have got the science and the artistic concept of this trick, all you have to do is to practice and incorporate this in your playing and you will soon see the difference.
The more you practice this you the more you gain a sense of the right timing and understand how to apply this shift efficiently. As you may have noticed it will sound much better at moments depending on the context and the timing of when you apply it.
All blues masters around have always applied this trick (minor to major) while soloing and jamming. In the next part I will share with you some ideas I like to apply using the blues scale.