Hi! I’m Mark Black and welcome to expertvillage.com.
We’re going to talk about intermediate theory concepts. So the background defines what are
notes and how they fit. The same notes, the C major notes, will work in A minor. The sixth
note of every major scale is it’s relative minor and so you can use your major scales
and your major pentatonics and your major blues in a minor key, and that means you basically
you cut your learning in half. Thus we see the value of theory. Okay, you see I switched
to an electric guitar for you rockers. Don’t you get offended if you’re a sax player
or trumpet or flutist. I want to talk about playing the blues real quick and improvising
in blues. It’s basically more or less 3 primary styles of improvisation. Pop rock,
what you turn on the radio and hear normally, blues improvisation, and then jazz improvisation.
What most people use for the blues non jazz if that. The pentatonic and the blues patterns.
On the guitar, these are same notes as we had before. I’m talking about the same relative
notes that is 1, 2, lower 3, 3, 5, and 6. The pentatonic will just be 1, 2, 3, 5, and
6. On the guitar, physically, that’s going to come out like this in the key of G major.
That’s 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 5, 6, and 1 again. In the blue note…that’s my blue note…again.
Okay, now basically the safe thing in blues is to play in the minor. A lot of times people
get confused when they’re trying to do this. The song says it’s got 1 sharp and it says
in the key of G and half of what they play doesn’t sound right. That’s because part
of the tension that is created in the blues is the fact that the chords are major more
or less, and the solo is minor. That’s why it’s like oh yeah they’re getting down.