In my early years of guitar playing I’ve gone through a long period of time where I could only solo using one minor pentatonic scale shape (the one most guitar players use) and yes, I knew how to play some notes outside of that box, but that was it.
A Minor Pentatonic Scale
Then at one time I learned all the pentatonic scales shapes but I still kept coming back to the first pattern because it felt more comfortable and easier to play in. I didn’t know how to move around fluently and smoothly through the other scale shapes.
Stuck in A Rut
I thought it would take years to get out of that comfort zone and be able to play fluently around the entire neck. Besides, I didn’t had a clue how to get out of that one shape and play comfortably and freely elsewhere on the fretboard, so I stayed put. I got stuck in a rut.
The Game Changer
Everything changed when I discovered how to incorporate the “blue” note (♭5 ) into all the shapes and learned how to solo around the blues scale shapes in the right way.
I finally understood where and how to bend the right notes, when to use hammer-on, pull-offs and slides, how to make my melodies sound smooth, and feel fluent across the neck, and what licks work best with what shapes.
Playing licks, soloing and improvisation became fun again!
Master The Shapes
The Blues scale consists of variety of shapes that are played around the entire guitar neck. All the blues shapes contain the same notes but following a different pattern and position on the neck.
Learning the blues scale shapes fully, correctly, thoroughly and really inside out can be done by practicing the right exercises and workouts that are all mapped out in the 50CoolBluesLicks Course.
Character of Shapes
You will learn the blues shapes but you will also learn how to apply the right licks and moves to solo through these various shapes so you know exactly how to use them to your advantage.
Each scale shape has it’s own allure, feel and approach to playing through the shape. That creates a multitudinous of possibilities and ways to express your playing.
You’re frankly playing the same scale and the same notes however the notes are located on different frets and strings which makes each shape unique. For example, the same 3 notes played in one shape sounds and feels completely different when played in another shape.
While in one shape you can only play those 3 notes using at least two strings, in another shape you could apply a hammer-on technique or slide technique with the same notes that now lie next to each other.
Also the blue-note located on different spots throughout the various shapes creates beautiful subtle ways to enhance and expand your playing abilities.
The blues scales shapes open up a whole new world of possibilities that makes the playing more fun and expressive.
Furthermore, I’ll show you many blues lick examples of how to add even more colorful notes to the blues scale to make your playing sound fresh and original.
Small Steps and Consistency.
While there is a treasure of lessons to learn in the course, it’s all about small steps and consistency. I always tell myself to practice for 5 minutes. That’s always a reachable goal, but it’s only to trick the mind and beat any type of resistance you might feel (I’m too busy today, I first have to do this or that, etc).
If you can only practice for five minutes or ten that’s great! Most of the time you end up playing 20 minutes or 30 or more. Once you play, you are enjoying the process, and you are on the way to improving and expanding your guitar playing. Always remember that.
Let’s get out of a rut, spice up your chops, and re-boost your playing!