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Learning to play the Blues     For Guitar Teachers and Students

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Watch the video left and practice playing this Pentatonic Pattern number 1

When you have mastered this then practice the same pattern in many positions up and down the neck of the guitar, alternating your pick down -Up - down - up etc…

As you become comfortable with the pattern slowly increase the speed, then play around with the notes in a different order trying to inject some feeling, see the Video in section (F)  below

Remember just watching the videos and reading is not enough, you need to do the training and practice also

B - If you do not know how to read the

Tablature diagram shown below (D) then use the links here and go to

Finger Picking Guitar Intro

and Enabling your Creativity

A - First know the five basic pentatonic patterns

Starting with this one

We will call this Pattern number 1

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A little bit of knowledge, practicing the

right things and a lot of feel can go a long way

It is not how much you know but how well

You play the little that you do know

Fingers of the chord hand to use 4 3 2 1 D - Pentatonic Pattern number 1 - TABLATURE   (The RED Numbers are the fingers to use The BLACK Numbers are the Fret numbers)

E - Pentatonic Pattern number 1 - TABLATURE  VIDEO

F - Now See the Pentatonic Pattern in action

(REMEMBER - It is assumed that you are not a total beginner and understand the basics like playing a few chords and know Tablature, BUT

If you are a total beginner to guitar I suggest you use the Beginners Guitar Link shown here and start there, it is a free Module

Now watch and study this video carefully, there is a lot to be learned by seeing how this very basic Pentatonic Scale pattern can be used and altered and played around with to enable some good soloing for any blues or rock tune etc..

Notice how other notes can be added such as the Blues notes, passing notes, double notes and bending notes too.  This pattern is moveable, that means it can be played on any fret on the guitar to suit different chords and different keys

The first part of the video shows the basic format for the Pentatonic pattern, make sure you have this part totally mastered, then try experimenting. Remember a little bit of knowledge, practicing the right things and a lot of feel can go a long way

It’s not how much you know but how well you play the little that you do know

The chords used in this video are shown on the next page Module 1 Page 2

So why are we starting with a Pentatonic scale?

The choice is yours, you can go to Module 1 Page 2 and work on the chords now if you want to, but basically we need to develop both our scales and chords and left and right hand as well as our strumming and picking to enable good playing and expertise, so if you are not comfortable and are new to most of this I recommend that you

    1 - Watch and study this video to get an overall idea of what we are aiming for

    2 - Instead of just working on one or the other, slowly perfect the scale, then have a break and work on the chords, especially the Bar chords if you are new to them as they can be difficult at first, when you want a break from the chords go back to working on the scale etc..

PS As I do travel around a lot, the set up, lighting and quality of the videos can vary and sometimes I am cramped for space as I was here.  You might want to use headphones too

The Pentatonic scale diagram in the video is from the Pentatonic Blues slide rule, you can find the link to my slide rule at the top left of each page

C - See how the Pentatonic Pattern is played

M1 - Project  1

A Minor Pentatonic

Note: -We will deal with the other basic pentatonic patterns later on

We will cover the

Other Pentatonic Patterns

In a later module