This is a pretty interesting and easy to learn lesson by Marty Schwartz, who’s one of the popular guitar tutors on the YouTube.com.
In this lesson, he teaches you to play the E Blues Scale on an acoustic guitar and also teaches you to play 3 easy, bluesy sounding licks that you can practice along with the scale.
So let’s dig deeper into it!
So what you would really need to know before you start with this lesson is
- The formula to build a Major Scale,
- The formula to build a Minor Pentatonic Scale,
- Then finally the Blues Scale Formula.
Major Scale Formula
The formula for building a Major Scale is pretty easy i.e. W-W-H-W-W-W-H
W => Whole Step or Whole Tone
H => Half Step or Semi-Tone
E Major Scale
So by applying the Major Scale formula, we get the E Major Scale notes as E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D#-E
Minor Pentatonic Scale
The formula for building a Minor Pentatonic Scale is R b3 4 5 b7. (R is Root Note or the first note in a Scale and “b” is for flattening a note or diminishing a note by a semitone)
E Minor Pentatonic Scale
So if we apply this formula to the E Major Scale, we get the E Minor Pentatonic Scale notes as E-G-A-B-D
Blues Scale is nothing but a Minor Pentatonic Scale with an Augmented 4th (Sharpened (#) 4th Note).
So we get the Blues Scale Formula as R b3 4 #4 5 b7
E Blues Scale
After applying the Blues Scale Formula on the E Minor Pentatonic Scale, we finally get the E Blues Scale as E-G-A-A#-B-D, which is the only required scale for seamlessly learning this Acoustic Blues Guitar lesson.
So watch this video and enjoy this easy acoustic blues guitar lesson!
By the way, if you found this lesson exciting, don’t forget to check out the next lesson that teaches you how to play 3 more easy blues licks in the open E blues scale position.