Knowing how to play a scale in different positions would definitely make your solos fluid, soulful and melodious. This really comes in handy while you are soloing or jamming with your band members over this scale.
It is very important to know a scale in at least 3 to 4 positions on different octaves on any instrument, be it guitar, keyboard or violin or any other instrument for that matter.
Well, in this lesson Marty Schwartz takes the example of A Minor Pentatonic Scale.
To understand how he came up with the notes of this scale, you need to first understand the Major Scale, know the formula to build it, know the Minor Pentatonic Scale formula to derive it from the Major Scale. Then derive the blues scale from the Minor Pentatonic Scale.
Major Scale Formula
Major Scale Formula is W-W-H-W-W-W-H
By applying this formula, we get the A Major Scale notes as A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#-A (where # is sharp means raising a note by half step)
Minor Pentatonic Scale Formula
Minor Pentatonic Scale Formula is R b3 4 5 b7 (R is the root note and “b” is a flattened note, lowering a note by half step)
By applying this formula, we derive the A Minor Pentatonic Scale notes as A-C-D-E-G
Blues Scale Formula
Blues Scale Formula is R b3 4 4# 5 b7
A Blues Scale is derived by applying this formula, whose notes are A-C-D-D#-E-G
That’s it you are ready to rock n’ roll my friend! These are all you need to plug these scales in on the fretboard. Enjoy the lesson and practice hard.
Please leave me a message if you didn’t follow any or some part(s) of the concepts discussed here in this lesson.