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The A Blues Scale is the minor pentatonic scale with a note added to it.(b5 or diminish 5th)  This scale usually played in every position where you would play the pentatonic scale. The added note (b5) gives the sound a very interesting sound and flavor while playing blues.

It never hurts to practice the scale in all the all six positions. This way you know it all over the fret-board and are not just playing it in one place all the time. Try playing this scale in A starting at the fifth fret shown in the scale fingerings below. The next octave scale fingering position is the same as the first one at fret (17) and starts over again after the last fingering.

Try it in the root E next starting at the open string scale fingering position (0) instead of fret (5) and play all the scale fingering positions up & down. Find a blues song in the same key and experiment jamming along in all the these scale fingering positions to get a feel for it Try it with a slow blues song to make it easier. The song by Stevie Ray Vaughan – Leave My Little Girl Alone is in A and it’s a good one to start with. Try bending notes with the (5) note up a half step to the (b5) note everywhere in all the scale fingering positions.

By Jeff Cox

A lot of famous songs have a guitar solo. The best and simplest place to begin is soloing to the blues. If your learning on your own without a teacher these lessons on beginning guitar solos will give you some basic starting material to work on. Practicing an hour every day will eventually will give you a starting point to become a solo guitar player.

The first two beginner scales to learn is the A minor pentatonic scale (5 note scale) and A Blues Scale (6 Note Scale):


A Minor Pentatonic

5th Fret A minor Pentatonic



A Blues Scale Root Position

5th Fret A Blues



If your a right handed player. place your 1st index finger of the left hand on the fifth fret sixth string. Next your 3rd – Ring Finger will be fretting the eighth fret. This will prep you for what the numbers mean in the picture diagram of the upside down guitar fret board. The tablature diagram has six lines the bottom line is the fat six string and the top is the thin 1st string and the number are the frets. The open notes is 0 the first widest fretted note is 1 then next 2 and so on up to the thinnest fret, which the highest note on that string usually 21 on most electric guitars. The square in the picture diagram on the bottom sixth string is the key note of the minor pentatonic scale and the next square is the next second octave note and the next square after that the third octave note.

We are now going to practice both scales playing one note after the other all the way to the last and back down with a pick in the right hand picking up and down. You my be asking yourself is this really playing it seems so laboring and boring to me. There is a lot of dexterity and muscle memory development going on with your left fretting hand and right picking hand. Just like learning to walk you hand to crawl and fall down and get up over and over again until you walk then eventually run

To spare you from this boredom here is a sequence exercise technique to help you develop your fingers even more. You play the first note to the next note and back then the second note to the next note on the next string and back and so forth until you play the highest note. You next can practice your vibrato you vibrate your fretting finger on each note to give it a fluttering vocal quality next you slide from one note up to next and back with the 1st finger by itself then the 3rd finger by itself.

Next pick the first note and hammer from your 1st finger to your 3rd finger to the next note. Then do the opposite going down pick the 3rd finger higher note and pull off to the 1st finger lower note. Bending notes comes next on the third string seventh fret bend with all three finger up a half a step to match the pitch of the next eight fret note.

Know it’s time to jam in real time get a MP3 song by Stevie Ray Vaughan – Leave my little Girl Alone. First make sure your guitar is in tune using a tuner. If you have an electric guitar play through an amp with a mild distortion. if you have an acoustic just play along unplugged. Jam free form along with Stevie and get the feel of the blues phasing.

You now have a good start to get you playing lead guitar.

By Jeff Cox

The six chord diagrams below are the open major chords that are played on the first three frets of the guitar. Open means there are open notes (not fretted) in the chord. The major chord is made from three note from the major scale called a triad. The notes are the first, third and fifth notes (1, 3, 5) of the major scale.

Each major scale has a key signature that has specific notes that are either raised (#) or lowered (b) called accidentals. They are shown in the key signature to the left of the chord diagram. If one of these changed notes in the scale are the same as the chord note then they are also changed Notice the A-C#-E notes in the A major the first diagram below.

The numbers in the in the chord diagram are which finger to use and the 0 at the top are the open notes of the chord, X are muted or not played. The numbers on the left are the fret numbers 1 – 3 omitting 4 with an X. The letters on the bottom are the notes of the chord. The letters on the top in the rectangle box are the open tuning note of the guitar.

If you are a beginner carefully place your fingers vertical as possible without bending the strings or touching another string. Make sure each note that is suppose to be played when strummed is clean without a muted sound. Each time you practice your finger dexterity and strength will get better and your muscle memory where to place your fingers will become automatic.

Practice changing the fingerings from one chord to the next. Try strumming four strums down -up-down-up while changing the between A, D & E chords. Next try strumming three strums down-up-down then try changing between the G, C & F chords. You now have a good start to work from, good job.

Chord Diagrams by Guitar Theorist 2.0

A Major Open ChordC Major Open ChordD Major Open ChordE Major Open ChordF Major Open Chord G Major Open Chord


Ex.1)12lineNumRule01 The interval ruler that makes up all Music Scale Formulas. We measure the distance between notes in half steps instead of inches like a ruler (Ex.1).

Ex.2)12lineIntRule01In a 12 note chromatic scale the 1-12 is intsead 1-7 and we have 5 between accidental numbers b2, b3, b5, b6, b7 none between 3&4, 7&1(Ex.2).

In music scale theory we use numbers for intervals as an easier way to measure the distance or steps between notes in a music scale and also notes in a music chord. If we count higher than 7 we go into the next octave and 1 starts over again as the 1 in the square of this chromatic scale (Ex.2a). This applies to music scale theory (In harmony chord theory we use numbers higher than 7 called compound intervals this will be explained in future lesson. Every music scale has a music scale formula (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 is the Major Scale Ex.4), (1, b3, 4, 5, b7 is the minor Pentatonic Scale Ex. 5) the bordered numbers. The notes in music are taken from the first 7 letters of the alphabet A-G with 5 accidentals that each have with 2 names (incrementing A to A# sharps & decrementing B to Bb flats A# and Bb are the same) C#-Db, D#-Eb, F#-Gb, G#-Ab. There is no accidental notes between B-C, and E-F (Ex.3). This can be a challenge to learn because we have to break away from our old mind associations of how we uses letters in the alphabet as well as number in counting. The diagrams below can give a better perspective to understand the interval ruler. You see dynamically how the bordered numbered notes below overlay the static letter notes to measure the distance between the notes. This creates easy to recognize scale shapes and is an aid for guitar players who play by ear.

Ex.2a)                                                Ex.3)                                             Ex.4)                                                 Ex.5)