Learning how to solo on the guitar can leave you with more questions than answers. As a Guitar Geek, you know that learning to solo on the guitar can be a challenging process. Many acoustic guitar players ask themselves these questions:
“What’s the best way to learn to solo?”
“How do I start soloing?”
“Once I am soloing, am I even doing it right?!?”
One of the quickest ways to learn soloing is to start understanding the blues scale. Learning how to play the blues scale, also known as the minor pentatonic scale, can unlock new ways to understand soloing and help you gain confidence as a guitar player.
Pentatonic Scales for Soloing
In this video lesson, I am going to show you the blues scale, show you examples of how to use the blues scale in your soloing, and give you a solid foundation in soloing over a 12 bar blues and beyond. Learning the blues scale and the major pentatonic scale will get you soloing quickly and with style.
The key to understanding how the blues scale and the major pentatonic scale sound great in a variety of situations lies in understanding relative minors and relative majors. Without getting into too much musical theory, just take a moment to compare the notes in the A minor pentatonic scale, and the notes in the C major pentatonic scale…
There are a lot of notes shared within those two scales — in fact, they’re almost identical! Using the power of both the major and minor pentatonic scales will allow you greater sonic flexibility in a variety of settings. Just make sure you understand the transition spots between each scale! Eventually, you’ll be able to smoothly transition from either pentatonic scale.
If you are looking for more tips on how to play blues guitar, be sure to check out some of our other lessons and videos at Acoustic Life.
Also, check out these guitar scales for beginners to kick-start your solo practice.
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