Tips to spice up your blues playing
Hi, Its Aaron here again with another blog to keep you going.
What I want to look at today is a few simple ideas, scales and concepts to give our blues playing a bit of a modern touch or spice if your bored.
Please do check back again soon for an accompanying video and pdf with some more in depth explanations and examples of the following.
So here we go, all examples in the key of A.
- A altered dominant scale
This scale shows the influence of Jazz/fusion on today’s blues players. It helps create tension over the v chord. (E7) before realising the tension when you return to the I chord (A7). This scale will give you all those tense notes you need.
Scale formula – R b2 b3 3 b5 6 b6 b7
- A minor 6 pentatonic
Blues is built upon the minor pentatonic scale. The minor 6 pentatonic scale is a great substitute for a regular minor pentatonic scale and gives a slightly edgier sound. instead of a minor 7th this scale incorporates a major 6th. lovely! The notes in A minor 6 would be A C D E and F#
- Extending chords
It’s not all about big solos in blues. it is essential to be a good solid rhythm player. adding extensions of 9ths, 11ths and 13ths to minor of dominant 7th chords can makeyou rhythm playing powerful and sophisticated. Change your 7th chords to 9th chords or even 13th and hear the difference.
- play in different keys
As guitarists we too often play In the wonderful world’s of E minor, A minor and E major. Don’t get caught in the trap. aways push yourself, play in new keys. major and minor.
- Get lessons
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Call 07411798015 today for a trial lesson to get your blues playing modernised!
And I will leave you with the master – Joe Bonamassa