TRACKs 7-9

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Pentatonic -

Blues Ex 4 Here’s a C mi­nor ex­am­ple in 12/8, which moves be­tween Cm7 and F7 (the IV7 chord) and ends with a se­ries of dou­ble-stops. Re­mem­ber to sup­port your bend­ing digit with other avail­able fin­gers.

Blues Ex 5 This fi­nal blues ex­am­ple is in E and moves through the V and IV chords (B and A), be­fore fin­ish­ing on a I, IV, I move­ment (E, A, E). No­tice how the E ma­jor pen­ta­tonic (C# mi­nor pen­ta­tonic) scale works through­out, pro­vid­ing a happy, up­beat type of vibe, which is only al­tered by the blues-tinged in­tro­duc­tion of the E mi­nor pen­ta­tonic in the fi­nal bar. Switch­ing be­tween ma­jor and mi­nor pen­ta­tonic is of course com­mon in blues im­pro­vi­sa­tion and ex­per­i­ment­ing fur­ther with this prin­ci­ple is highly rec­om­mended.

Rock Ex 6 This sim­ple ex­am­ple in E mi­nor shows how the mi­nor pen­ta­tonic can be used to cre­ate strong rock riffs. Try cre­at­ing your own riffs, pay­ing at­ten­tion to strong rhyth­mic pat­terns. I ad­vo­cate work­ing from a ‘call and re­sponse’ ap­proach, notic­ing how each phrase feels in re­la­tion to the next.

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