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Jazz Piano Lessons: Pentatonics for the Blues in E

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Time for our pentatonics that
we're gonna use on the E blues.
I want to make sure that I mention that
there are pdfs of the bop scales and
the pentatonic scales fingered
the way that I would finger them.
So you don't need to be transcribing
these fingerings as I go, but
I'm just gonna kinda show you what
they are and what the logic is.
Different people are gonna find
different ways of fingering things.
This is what I feel is
the most efficient way for me.
Everybody's different, though, so if you
find something that works better for
you, go for it.
The scales that we need for
the E, the blues in E [SOUND].
Once again, [SOUND] the E minor [SOUND].
The E minor six, and
then [SOUND] the F sharp minor [SOUND].
And the F sharp minor sixth [SOUND].
The way I finger these,
the E minor seventh
pentatonic scale falls naturally as a two,
one, a one two, and a one two three.
One two three, one two
So we're gonna start with our two then
one, two, three, one, two.
The notes, again, are E, G, A, B, and D.
And with five notes in a pentatonic scale,
hence the name.
So, two, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, three, one, two.
Same thing going down.
One, three, two, one, two, one,
three, two, one, two, one,
three, two, one, two, one,
three, two, one, two.
Now for the E minor six scale [SOUND],
the way that I finger it is
we start on the thumb and
we go one, two, three on the E, G and A.
Then I cross under with the thumb and
I usually play this C sharp
with my third finger.
Like that.
On the way down I like
to finger like this.
We start with the one, three,
one we crossover with the three.
Then three, two, one, three, one, three,
two, one, three, one, three, two, one.
Like that.
So now we have the E minor which we're
gonna go ahead and use
And then the E minor six for
our A seven chord
Back to our E minor seven.
When we hit the F sharp minor seven chord
Then we're gonna use
the F sharp minor six
And on like that.
So there we are.
We are ready with the scales that we
want to play on an E seven blues.
And I will see you for the next lesson.