Mixing Major & Minor Pentatonics In Blues – How, Why and What To Practice! Guitar Lesson Tutorial

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In this 4th episode of Making The Changes in the Blues Lead Guitar series – we learn how to mix the Major and Minor Pentatonics over a blues. We start simple and fun and gradually make it more interesting and I include a much less common approach which works great. You’ll find this a LOAD easier if you’ve been following along the course so check it out on the website!


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  1. Great tutorial!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dabs & Tea Time

    Thanks a lot!!

  3. Hmmm I’ve never been good with chords. Preferred to play melodies. Didn’t go well for me. I need to practice rhythm playing a lot or the rest of it won’t make sense. Funny how looking for an easy way makes things hard

  4. wow i my ear terrible. I can't even tell when the chord changes when I'm watching it happen!

  5. Will the series be covering minor blues please?

  6. Great stuff Justin, thanks so much!

  7. hey Justin what picks do you use ?

  8. Justin, you’ve been talking about how the c# sounds crappy when playing the D chord but I can’t help but think that the theory is that the d note is not found in the A major pentatonic scale? Awesome tutorials.

  9. You're holding my hand on this at exactly the right time. I'm concentrating on expanding my blues knowledge (both listening and playing) as I can see the tremendous potential of the form especially when more complex jazz theory is mixed in. But a good solid grounding is essential first and I can't tell you how valuable this is to me right now. Perfect timing and, as ever just superb teaching too.

  10. You are great.

  11. it makes more sense of you know the Modes within the pentatonic ..
    It works over the D chord becuase he's actaully playing the D NEUTRAL pentatonic
    1…x…2………..4..x…5………b7..x R
    It just depends what youre familar with…I hear the major penta all the time in
    COUNTRY or SOUTHERN Rock….such as Skynard or Molly Hatched.
    It works in theory to play b3 and Maj3 in the same mode
    Lydian #2…….. #2, 3
    Mix #2,#4 #2,3 #45
    phrygian b4 b3, b4 5,b6
    loc b4
    loc b4, bb7
    aeo b4, b5

    becuase all you''re doing is altering the min7 into a DOMINANT

    even the b2 or N6 scale..
    or you'll hear it in blues grass or celtic
    or the reverse process different ways.
    example…C Major penta…..to get C DOMINANT simply play the b7 instead of the maj6…
    A Harmonic min b2….you would make the Bb Maj7 and the C as C7…

    The b2 will make more sense…you're playing DOUBLE STOPS
    F, 4…( Bb) into stead of F #4..
    Just reach over and play the F,4…while you're play double stops
    or the inverted Bb power chord ….while in A minor…
    It'll be a familar sound….whether you heard of the ( N6) or not.

    Dominant b9…..would simply give you a FULL diminished
    example G7 G B D F B D F Ab

  12. Justin is God!

  13. Rinaldo Barbieri

    Fabulous lesson thank you. Best teacher on the net!

  14. Great series!

    Justin, It looks like you are having video rendering issues. The sound is fine, but the video stutters every 10 second. Seems to have just started recently with your videos.

  15. Fantastic stuff……..

  16. Once you will get a nice donation from myself for this great stuff!

  17. Such a great series! This is really helping fill the holes of the jumble of knowledge I already have!! Can’t wait for the next piece!

  18. In the future, Can you please use slower backing tracks when you are demo'ing exercises, the chord movements are so fast its difficult to pick up

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