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.