E Blues 8: Practical Pentatonic Blocks
Last Updated on March 3, 2021
What did I do for E blues in more than 6 months from the funky previous post? It's my achievement sharing with you.
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Here are 5 blocks of the major pentatonic in the E key.
The meanings of symbols:
1. Red Dot: 1st Note of Major Scale
2. Green Dot: 3rd Note
3. Blue Dot: 5th Note
4. Yellow Dot: 7th Note
5. Black Dot: Other Notes
6. Double Circle: Blue Note (b3 in Major Pentatonic)
Many guitarists think that the block No. 4 of the major pentatonic is popular. I'd like to say "Yes" and "No".
E blues is only uses 7th chords, and we can use Mixolydian scales for each chord progression. On the 12th fret, You see that the block No. 4 is useful not only for the A7 (IV) of the major blues, but also for the E7 (I) of the minor blues which may use Dorian scales. A Mixolydian scale and E Dorian scale use the same fingering form except blue notes. So, theoretically, it's "Yes".
However, in the choking manner, it's "No". I think that the usage of my ring finger to choke makes the best performance. The block No. 4 needs to stride over 2 frets in several intervals, and I have often used my index finger and my pinkie for fingering the block, but choking with my pinkie makes so-so.
I think the block No. 5 is useful. On E7 (I), it's can be choked to the blue notes on the 1st and the 6th strings. Plus, the block No. 3 can be used on both E7 (I) and A7 (IV) with the same position and fingering.
Caution that no usage of a pinkie on pentatonics needs to be trained. This technique may hurt beginner's fingers. Beginners should learn basic fingering forms at first like pianist's lesson.
I don't recommend that you learn all scales and pentatonics in all blocks. If you are a live performer, don't learn all scales at your house, but jog around the club at the daytime, and join with people to take pictures. However, in learning all blocks, you can see that each block has a unique character, and you can make many phrases by connecting positions and changing blocks. The scale on the bottom of the page 2 of 9 shows how to slide positions. For example, the sliding technique starting from the 2nd fret of the 4th (D) string along with the yellow area reaches to the block No. 5. Besides, after going down the block No. 5, you can start the sliding technique on the green area from the 7th fret of the 5th (A) string.
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