blues tab guitar

Welcome back! In this article I wanna share with you 3 blues tab guitar.

If I had to choose a scale to improvise over a Blues track, that would clearly be the Blues scale. The blues is no more than a pentatonic scale with an added passing tone between the 5th and the 4th of the scale. For example, with the A pentatonic scale we have an A, C, D, E, G. If we wanted to make this a Blues scale we would ad a note in between the D and the E. The note we would add is a D# (Eb). The result is: A, C, D, D# (Eb), E, G.

My second choice of scale would be a Mixolydian scale. The Mixolydian scale is a major scale with a b7. The A Mixolydian scale has the following notes: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G.

Now, you can totally combine these 2 scales and come up with licks; You don’t have to limit yourself to using one scale at a time.

I wanna show a few blues licks I came up with using both the Blues scale and the Mixolydian scale. Let’s check out the first one:


This is a very blues thing to do, combining these 2 scales. The mixolydian brings a more tonal sound to it, while the blues brings a more rusty type of sound. Let’s check out another lick:


It is very common in Blues to go from a b3 to a natural 3. This is the case for the 2nd and 3rd in the lick. It’s also a very Blues thing to do. Bends are also a huge part of Blues, like the following lick:


In the end, I can tell you to learn both of the scales all across the fretboard and combine them in any way you want. I feel like no matter what you play, if you add a b3 going to a natural 3, it will sound like Blues no matter what.

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