Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at
where can i go to find so info on playing blues riffs and solos?
and information on the typs of scales that i need to no??
and some tabs of so simple solos and lessons how to bend notes and so on?
Hey, this is pretty simple if you know where to start looking.
First, you will certainly need blues scales. Look up the E blues scale, its really easy to learn and you can produce some amazing solos with it. It goes like this:
Bottom E ( 6th Strng): open| 3rd Fret
A String (5th String) : open| 1st Fret | 2nd Fret
D String (4th String) : open| 2nd Fret
G String (3rd String) : open | 2nd Fret | 3rd Fret
B String (2nd String) : open | 3rd Fret
Top E (1st String) : open
There you go, that will give you something to work with! Play it in that order and you have a scale. For future reference, look up PENTATONIC scales. You can do anything with them, from Blues to Rock, and they are dead easy to play!
To get some free lessons, youtube is your friend! search ‘learn blues riffs’ or something and you will get a tonne of stuff. Also search it on google. www.ultimate-guitar.com has a few lessons here and there.
As for bending notes, you will get the hang of it. Learn the scale i gave you and experiment. The bends will feel right to you. I know it sounds like im telling you to use the force, but it will seriously work!
Good luck man!
Thursday, January 5th, 2012 at
I play guitar and i want to learn the blues do you know and good scales, i already know the Am pentatonic.
The only "blues" scale is … well … the blue scale!
1 b3 4 b5 5 b7
C Eb F Gb G Bb
But … in blues you can use just about any scale. Its not about the scale, its about playing the sounds you want to hear.
Heck, 90% of what BB King does is with the major scale!
C Major: C D E F G A B
C Mixolydian: C D E F G A Bb
C Dorian: C D Eb F G A Bb
C Minor: C D Eb F G Ab Bb
C Pentatonic Major: C D E G A
C Pentatonic Minor: C Eb F G Bb
The real trick is to use the scles as a guide ad to NOT let them limit you!
Thursday, December 29th, 2011 at
hey guys. im getting into the blues and i want to know what the proper scales are. i go on ultimate-guitar quite a lot and there appears to be two lessons that are both good although different. i was wondering which lesson was more correct in terms of the scales. so if anyone could help me out many thanks!
http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/music_styles/blues_scales_and_progressions.html – i’ve been using that one alot..seems to be pretty good.
and theres this one..?!
i dunno know about the second one
the first ones spot on
i use it all the time all over the neck
probably my favorite scale
Thursday, December 8th, 2011 at
Like Whole Step or Half Steps and such.
Have a look at Guitar Noise or Wikipedia.
Monday, November 28th, 2011 at
Hey I am new to guitar and this might be a stupid question but I am confused by these scales. I don’t understand what they are, I am learning the blues and pentatonic scales. How would you read these on a piece of music? I understand that its a scale but are they notes, and what do they mean in context to playing with certain chords?
That’s such a great question!
Scales can be useful for the following reasons:
1) They help your "ear" to hear the relationships between notes and chords.
2) They help you develop your motor skills and technique on guitar.
3) They help you "map" out your fretboard.
What are they? Besides a group of notes (as already very well pointed out in other answers), they are RELATED to certain chords. The chords and the scale are like 2 pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that fit together. You could think of chords as being Vertical sound and scales as being Horizontal sound.
As a beginner, they are most useful to you to get your fingers moving and your ear more attuned to music.
As you advance, scales become a basic framework to create your own music from. Good luck and keep playing
Monday, November 21st, 2011 at
Like Whole Step Half step. What is it?
@Stephanie: Hey don’t be a meaner! D: I really need help with this though. And I don’t think you really know.
There are a few different Blues scales. The first one I learned was:
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at
i already know how to play guitar and some van halen styled stuff so i sorta know what im doin but i never learned scales and i dont undertand how they fit into creating solos? how do i learn them? like do i need to memorize the blues scale and when i hear it played do i have to know that thats what it is? if you can explain it would be really appreciated
I didnt think they were very important for a while. I have been playin 2 years and I just now see their benefits. They help with knowing what notes sound good together, and are pretty much the basis of all music.
Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at
I really dont understand the blue scales yet. ALso how do you determine good chord progressions?For example a,d,e are good ones but playing randoms chords dont fit…please help?
I see 2 questions here and I can address both:
1. Blues scales. You’ve probably heard of the pentatonic scale or ‘blues’ scale (mostly the same thing). The idea here is to play the scale in the position of the key of the chord progression you are playing. If you are playing a blues song in the key of A, play the scale in the key of A. I have a resource with more information and detail about learning this stuff. I’ll stick a link below in case you are interested.
2. Chord Progressions. Good point. They are not random. Here’s the ultimate tip: 1 4 5
If you pick the 1st chord then the 4th chord then the 5th chord it will be ‘automatic blues’ so for the key of c
C = 1
D = 2
E = 3
F = 4
G = 5
A = 6
B = 7
its C, F, and G. Those sound good.
Good luck playing the blues,
Sunday, September 25th, 2011 at
What makes a song be a blues song? Do you have to use the blues scale?
the blues scale is only rarely used in blues. I don’t think the blues scale has a whole lot to do with it.