Why using the major third is crucial for your blues-based solos

As I stated last month, many improvised solos in blues, rock, jazz, country and other forms of music are based on pentatonic, or five-tone, scales. In blues and rock, the most prevalent scale used for soloing is minor pentatonic, which is intervallically spelled 1 (root), b3 (flatted third), 4 (fourth), 5 (fifth) and b7 (flatted seventh). In the key of G, that translates to the notes of G minor pentatonic, G Bb C D F, as shown in FIGURE 1.

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Andy Aledort

Guitar World Associate Editor Andy Aledort is recognized worldwide for his vast contributions to guitar instruction, via his many best-selling instructional DVDs, transcription books and online lessons. Andy is a regular contributor to Guitar World and Truefire, and has toured with Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers, as well as participating in several Jimi Hendrix Tribute Tours.