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Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales

This lesson is part of the course Theory for Mandolin and Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales  
 
Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales  
 
Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales
Minor Pentatonic and Blues Scales
 

In this lesson you’ll learn how to use the minor pentatonic scale to play over bluesy progressions. You’ll also learn the “blues scale,” which adds a flatted fifth to the minor pentatonic scale, for an even bluesier approach to the blues. Chad starts by showing you the minor pentatonic scale, in this case in A minor, and then shows you how he improvises over an A blues by using the A minor pentatonic scale. Then he adds the flatted fifth “(flat five”) to the minor pentatonic scale and shows you how he uses that scale to play on an A blues. He also shows you the minor pentatonic scale is related to the major pentatonic (they have the same notes), and how to use the A minor blues scale to play in the key of C major.


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