Check out this Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line lesson from Guitar Control instructor Darrin Goodman. Be sure to get the tabs to go along with this free lesson so that you will have this Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line down in record time.
Hey everybody how’s it going? This is Darrin with GuitarControl.com bringing you this video lesson. Today I want to show you an Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line that’s the same sequence but, it’s movable and we’re going to use it to follow the chord progression of a 12 bar blues. So be sure to click on the link in the description for the tabs and let’s take a look at this Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line.
12 Bar 1-4-5 Progression
All right, so the first thing is that like I said it’s a 12 bar 1-4-5 chord progression. So really quickly, I’ve done numerous lessons on this subject as far as how to break down a blues chord progression, anyway so simply what this is we’re in the key of E, so our one chord is E. So if we just count up four from E; E, F, G, A, A is our four chord and then one more from there would be five, which would be B and that’s our five chord. So the formula for this is you have four measures or four bars of one and then two bars of four and then two bars of one and one bar of five, one bar of four and then back to two bars of one and so that’s why they call it a 12 bar blues. So for this what works really well is to play over the top of this with seventh chords. So E7 is your one chord, A7 is your four chord and B7 would be your five chord. So now lets look at the Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line.
The Melody Line
So this 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line is pretty easy to play and like I said it’s just gonna be the same sequence, but we’re just gonna move it around. All right so starting off we’ll be here doing it over our one chord, the E7, and I’m going to start right here on the 12th fret of the G string with my middle finger. Now the reason is because this note is actually the minor third, because when you play a pentatonic scale the minor third is G, so for this what I like to do is slide into the major third because that’ll really highlight that major third sound that’s in that chord. So we start here with our middle finger, and by the way all of these notes are out of minor pentatonic pattern one, so for this Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line I’m starting here at 12 and I pick that and slide to 13 and then take my first finger and just bring it down and barred across the B and the high E string at the 12th fret and then from there we’re going to go to the 15th fret of the B string and we’re going to do a bend, we’re going to do a full step bend and then back to the 12th fret of the high E and then back to the 15th fret of the B string, to the 12th fret of the B string, to the 14th fret of the G string and then it just starts over again. So like that one time through, that is one measure or one bar. So since the formula is four bars of one we’re going to play that a total of four times. Now we’re just going to move this shape up to where the four chord would be.
Now a really easy way to kind of do this is that note right there on the high E, right here on the 12th fret is an E, so if we move that up here to the 17th fret, that’s an A, so now we just do the riff around that idea. So if we take the A minor pentatonic scale and we’re going to start on the 17th fret of the G string and do the same thing, we’re going to pick and slide up a half step so that’ll put us at the 18th fret and then you’re going to just bar your first finger again this time at the 17th fret, so 17 slides to 18. Now we move up to the B and E strings, now we go to the 20th fret of the B string and we do that whole step bend back to the 17th fret of the E and then just descend the scale. Now since the formula goes two bars of the four-chord we’re gonna do that twice and then back down to our original location, so we’re back on the one chord again for two bars. Now we’re gonna go to the five chords. So the five chords is a whole step away from the four chords, so before we were here on the 17th fret, so we’re just going to simply move that up to the 19th fret and do the same thing, but this time we’re going to only do it once because there’s only one bar of the five chords. Then we move down to the four chords, so just move down a whole step and do the same thing once and then finally back down to our original location at the 12th fret to do two bars of this because it’s back to the two bars of one on this Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line.
Practice and Application
All right, so if you have a means to be able to record yourself you could just record yourself doing the rhythm. Even if you don’t have any fancy recording software or anything you can just use your phone, get your smartphone out hit that voice recorder and just make a recording; E7 to A7 and back to E7 and then to B7, A7 and then back to E7. THen you can play the Easy 1-4-5 12 Bar Blues Pentatonic Melody Line over the recording, when you have the two parts together it sounds really good being played together.
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