How to Play Rock and Blues Solos
Lesson 1 – Pentatonic Major Scale – Part 1
Here’s where I think the easiest place to start soloing over blues is… the Pentatonic Major Scale cause it’s only got 5 notes to it but you can still have fun and play some good sounding blues solos. We start off the soloing example with only 3 notes and then adding 4 and 5 making it very easy even for the complete beginner.
Lesson 2 – Sax Blues In C
This lesson is intended for those who are new to playing blues and more specifically new to improvising. Not only will this get you to learn how to improvise but it will help you to be better at playing with a group because I’ve included my band tracks to play along with.
OK now it’s time to play along with Sax Blues in C. In this video we play the 12 bar blues choruses 3 times; 1st time using the 3 note lick, 2nd time adding the 4th note and 3rd time adding the 5th note. Under the video you will have my band backing track to play along with.
Lesson 3 - Pentatonic Major Scale – Part 2
Up till now we have only gone thru the blues progression using one scale to solo with, the Pentatonic Major scale. This is a good start but now it’s time to take your soloing possibilities up a notch!
In this Part 2 you will learn 3 Pentatonic Major Scales and apply them to the 12 bar blues progression. Doing this will give you more scope, give your solos more range and widen your possibilities that much more.
Also included is a band backing track you can practice to, this time in the key of F.
Remember, you can use the backing track in C to practice these new patterns as well, once you’ve learned them in that key.
Pentatonic Minor Scale - Pentatonic Minor Scale
Equally as important as the major scale. We’ll use this great old classic song from Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” to learn how to solo in a minor blues.