Ten different scales with appropriate licks
example 1: minor penTaToniC (r-b3-4-5-b7) The minor Pentatonic is the most well used scale in the blues as it works over both the dominant 7 and minor 7 chords. This first example links together three popular minor Pentatonic scale fingerings to create one useable pattern. GUITARThe lick is TECHNIQUESin the st yle of players2 4 3 like Eric Clapton and exploits classic blues techniques like string bending and finger slides. Check out the picking directions, as some of the notes are plucked with the third finger. This hybrid picking style adds more tonal colour.
Ex 1 - The Minor Pentatonic Scale Fingering
A5 example 2: major penTaToniC (r-2-3-5-6) The major Pentatonic is most useful for outlining the sound of chord I in the major blues. Many players mix the major and minor Pentatonic scale to outline the chords as they go by. The most popular trick is to use the minor Pentatonic scale over chords IV and V, and then resolve to the major Pentatonic over chord I. This lick again contains some hybrid picking. If you move this whole lick up three frets it will work as an A minor Pentatonic lick. Try it! And remember to shift these shapes in order to see how they sound in different keys.