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Major Pentatonics With the Blues

Hi fam,

If you’ve been playing the blues with the minor pentatonic scale for a while, chances are you are starting to wonder what other sounds you can add to your solos. An easy way to add a new color to your solos is to learn how to use major pentatonic scales. The problem is that most newer players end up trying to use a big major pentatonic scale shape, and it ends up being way too much.

One solution is to use a major version of B.B.’s box similar to the minor B.B.'s box we used in the previous lesson. When you boil things down to this small box shape, it's way easier to solo over the 12-bar blues progression.

In this video, we will go over the shape, the scale degrees in the shape, and a few ideas to add a major pentatonic flavor to your blues solos. It takes a while to get used to this, so keep it simple at first. The pdf with B.B.’s major box and a jam track are here on the page for you to download.

Enjoy, and let us know if any questions or insights pop up as you watch.



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