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Rock Guitar Lessons: Blues Scale

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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right, it's time for
the blues scale and the blues scale is
very similar to the pentatonic scale,
basically we just added one note.
It's often referred to as the blue note
and
let's take a look at this first part of
our rift.
That's what it sounds like and
you'll see that the fingering is really
similar to pentatonic.
And we're doing, if this is our pentatonic
scale,
[MUSIC]
but we're adding one note.
That's a great note, a lot of tension in
that note.
[SOUND] So that's the blue note, it's also
called the flat five,
because it's just like the fifth.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four, five.
[SOUND] But it's flatted which means it
has to go down a half step [SOUND].
And, there's the blue note, it's a good
sound.
[MUSIC]
All right, so
let's hear how that sounds in context and,
also let's look at the fingers.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna use our second finger.
[MUSIC]
So, we, now we have three notes on
the string, two notes on this string,
[MUSIC]
three notes on this string and
two notes on the last string.
[MUSIC]
One two, one two three, one two.
That's our fingering for this section of
the blues scale.
All right, I want to do the same thing on
top an octave higher.
[MUSIC]
All right so it's the same notes but,
we have to have use a really,
a different fingering because of the way
that the scales are laid out.
So this time, it's good we're gonna start
with a familiar lick [SOUND] we did that
one a lot in the last section.
Starting with the upstroke, [SOUND] and
we're doing a downstroke and a pull-off
[SOUND].
And from there, [SOUND] I'm gonna pick all
three of those [SOUND].
And again, this is the blue note [SOUND]
you can feel the power of that blue note.
[SOUND] All right.
So let's put those together and in between
I decided to put some scratches, or
some chickas, so we're gonna go.
[MUSIC]
Now the chickas are different speeds
the first one is just, that's a 16th note
chicka, but the next one.
That's a 16th note triplet chicka, [SOUND]
that's a pretty fast one, but I think you
can get it, really the key to it is just
the muting with the left hand [SOUND].
That's gonna keep it nice and tight, if
you don't mute the left hand,
[SOUND] it's a big mess, you don't want
that, you want it nice and tight.
[SOUND] All right.
So let's play this slow.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right, I also noticed on the lower
octave.
[MUSIC]
I'm doing a pull-off to get that started,
picking the first note and we get one note
for
free courtesy of the power of our left
hand.
Picking the next string, down, up, down.
[MUSIC]
And last two are up, down.
[MUSIC]
That's a good sound, so that's
the introduction to the blues note and
we're gonna explore it more in the coming
lessons but I hope you can play this one
with lots of muting and good attitude.
Three, four.
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[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right,
we've got lots
of blue notes in
this exercise for
this blues scale.
The first note I'm starting right on the
blue note, and
I'm starting it as an anticipation because
this note,
the last note of this phrase is actually
where the down beat is.
I'm going like one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And that's the down beat.
So we have a lot of anticipated notes here
and let me show you how to play them.
The first one like I said [SOUND] is our
blues note.
We're gonna slide up.
[MUSIC]
With one finger, and
then we have very familiar looking notes.
[MUSIC]
Cuz we're just doing those notes out of
the pentatonic scale.
So let's see what, how we pick this.
[MUSIC]
First note with a downstroke.
The next two are hammered on, so you get
two notes for free.
And then.
[MUSIC]
An up and a down [SOUND] for
those last two notes.
So, the main thing is to make sure that
those second and
third notes are all hammered on.
[SOUND] I guess the first one sort of
slid.
[SOUND] There we go.
[SOUND] And let's put that in time.
I want you to listen to it first, so one
two, three.
[MUSIC]
That's a rhythm.
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right.
That's really cool.
So the next part, I'm doing the same
rhythm.
But this time I'm going down on the blues
scale.
And this one starts with the root.
[MUSIC]
Skips a string and we do a familiar.
[MUSIC]
Pull-off.
We practiced this one before in an earlier
lesson.
[MUSIC]
So you should have that down by now.
And we'll go.
[MUSIC]
To the string skip.
[MUSIC]
And than the root.
[MUSIC]
And that sounds like.
One, two, three [SOUND].
Two, three [SOUND].
Two, three [SOUND].
The picking's just with an upstroke, a
down,
two pulled off notes, and then the down.
So all together that's [NOISE] C.
One, two, three.
Up, down, down.
[NOISE] Up, down, down.
[NOISE]
[MUSIC]
There it is.
[MUSIC]
Now those go together really well because
they're the same rhythm.
One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
That's cool.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Nice big spaces in between.
Let's also do this.
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna do our opening lick, but
an octave lower.
So this time it's gonna start on the
tri-tone.
[MUSIC]
On the 6th fret, on the A string.
[MUSIC]
Same technique though,
we're gonna still slide up.
And then do.
A shape just like we did here.
[SOUND] But down here.
[SOUND] This is playing notes and
pentatonic but
it's something you can position.
[SOUND] You can hear how it sounds the
same.
[SOUND] Just an octave different.
All right, so we got one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
At the very end,
I'm gonna descend [NOISE] three notes on
the A string.
[NOISE]
And then two, the two last notes,
we're familiar with from the pentatonic
scale.
A lot of pull-offs in there, picking the
first note, and picking the last two.
So it's down, and then down up.
[MUSIC]
All right.
So there's all the pieces.
And there's a lot of complicated pieces
but when you listen to the music,
it all sounds simple.
So let's listen to it, at a slow tempo,
one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
That's it.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The thing I don't want to do,
I don't want to pick everything.
I don't want to go like [SOUND].
You know, maybe if I did it really slow
and
I want it to just sort of be an angry dog
sound [SOUND] I kind of like that.
But as it gets faster, I want this to be
more legato, more smooth.
[MUSIC]
And I really want that last note to be
the accented one, because that's the one
with the down beat.
[MUSIC]
So the rest are just sort of warming up to
that last note, that's the one you're
gonna hit hard.
[MUSIC]
Yeah,
so that's, that's why this rhythm is cool
because it, the,
the ending of each phrase is actually on
the down beat.
Okay, let's crank it up and play it at a
nice tempo.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right,
I'm just curious to see if I go faster, if
it's gonna fall apart or not.
Sometimes a phrase that's this complex
rhythmically might fall apart.
But we'll see, we're gonna one, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
Yeah,
I like it better when it's a medium tempo!
I think just sort of a groovy in between.
A one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
There's where it feels good.
All right, so try this one out, and
it really illustrates how many different
places you can get that blue note.
Cuz we're getting it here, we're getting
it here with our pinky.
[MUSIC]
And we're also getting it here.
And we're getting it with a different
finger, there.
All right one more time at the medium
tempo that I love.
One, two, three.
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One, two, three, four!
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One, two, three, four.
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