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Most jump blues play­ers are jazz play­ers too so they ap­proach blues changes with a wider range of har­monic tools. You’ll need to en­sure that you can switch ef­fort­lessly be­tween Ma­jor and Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic scales (ide­ally both in shape 1). This will en­able you to re­flect the mi­nor tonal­ity im­plied by the IV7 chord of the blues and play phrases across the changes. You should also ex­per­i­ment with the Do­rian Mi­nor 6th Pen­ta­tonic (R-b3-4-5-6),

and the cor­re­spond­ing root Mixoly­dian scales over all dom­i­nant chords (I7-IV7-V7). Don’t for­get the im­por­tance of chord tones and arpeg­gios too, as they fea­ture strongly too.

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