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John McCarthy

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Tablature Explanation

TAB SYMBOLS
B = BEND H = HAMMER P = PULL-OFF S\ = SLIDE UP S\ = SLIDE DOWN R = RIGHT HAND

Copyright 2005 Fred Russell Publishing

Names of the Open Strings


First String - E
(Thinnest)

Second String - B Fourth String - D Sixth String - E (Fattest)

Third String - G Fifth String - A

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Chord Chart Example


Nut

Em

First String

2 3

Sixth String

Finger to use

Open Blues Chords


Major

Minor

Am

Dm

Em

These chords form the I-IV-V Blues progression

Open Chord Blues Rhythms


Major

Minor

Basic Blues

Try to get the shuffle rhythm with this progression

Minor Pentatonic Scales


Key of A
5th

8th

Minor Pentatonic Scales 3-4-5


10th

12th

15th

Minor Pentatonic Scales


The Minor Pentatonic scale is the most widely used scale in Rock and Blues music. The word Penta is Greek for five and there are five different name notes in each Minor Pentatonic Scale. The way I like to look at this scale is that you isolate a group of notes from the Natural Minor Scale (the full minor scale) by taking the 1st,, 3rd, , 4th , 5th , and 7th notes of the Natural Minor Scale the Minor Pentatonic scale is born. When you play this group of notes you get that unique Rock and or Blues feel that makes these scales so popular. The five Minor Pentatonic Scale positions that we go through in this program are just different places of playing the same five notes on the neck. Unlike other instruments with guitar you can play the same exact note in more than one place on the neck. The A Minor Pentatonic Scale is comprised of these notes A, C, D, E, G and the full Natural Minor scales notes are as follows A, B, C, D, E, F, G often times players will use a combination of both of these scales while soloing. Make sure you memorize all five positions in all keys so that you can use them to improvise creatively. Think of these scales as building blocks; sort of like Legos, the second half of the first scale is the first half of the second scale. The chart on the next page shows you how to change these scales to different keys.

Use the scale chart below to learn the scales in all keys. Just pick the letter for the key on the left and follow across to your right to find what fret each position starts on. Remember that 12 frets is one octave, some scale positions will be played in two spots on the neck 12 frets apart.

MINOR PENTATONIC KEY CHART


KEY A C E G 1ST POS 5TH&17th 8th 12th& open 2ND POS 8th 11th 3rd&15th 6th&18th 10th 13th&1st 4th&16th 3RD POS 10TH 13th&1st 5th&17th 8th 12th 3rd&15th 6th&18th 4TH POS 12TH& open 3rd&15th 7th 10th 14th 2nd 5th&17th 8th 5TH POS 3rd&15th 6th&18th 10th 13th&1st 5th&17th 8th 11th

- 3rd&15th 7th&19th 10th

B D

F - 1st&13th

Double Lead Pattern


First Position

Double Lead Pattern


Second Position

First Position

Triplet Pattern

Second Position

Triplet Pattern

Lead Techniques - Bending

When bending use all your fingers before the note you are bending for increased control.

Lead Techniques
Hammer ons

Pull offs

Complete Blues Lead

Blues Riffs That Will Make Yo Momma Scream!!

The B B Box

Shuffle Blues Rhythm

Full Blues Lead

Blues Bar Chords


F Fm F7

Bb

Bbm

B7

All these chords are moveable and can be played on any fret on the neck.

12 Bar Blues Progression

Single Note Riff Rhythm

Key of D

Lead Techniques - Slides

Lead Techniques - Vibrato

A Vibrato is a small fast shaking of a note.

Rockin the Blues

The X symbol represents a dead strum.

Blues Riffs That Will Make Yo Mamma Scream! Part 2

Blues Riffs That Will Make Yo Mamma Scream! Part 2

Try to create your own Blues riffs using the Minor Pentatonic Scales.

Open Chord Blues Progression


Key of E

HOUSE OF BLUES
LEARN BLUES GUITAR Level
Method By John McCarthy
1. Names of the Open Strings/Tuning 2. Chord Chart Explanation 3. Open Blues Chords 4. Open Chord Blues Rhythms 5. Basic Two String Blues 6. Minor Pentatonic Scales 7. Double Lead Pattern 8. Triplet Pattern 9. Lead Techniques - Bending 10. Lead Techniques - Hammer Ons 11. Lead Techniques - Pull Offs 12. Complete Blues Lead 13. Blues Riffs That Will Make Yo Momma Scream 14. The B.B. Box 15. Shuffle Blues Rhythm 16. Full Blues Lead 17. Blues Bar Chords 18. 12 Bar Blues Progression 19. Single Note Riff Rhythm in D 20. Lead Techniques - Slides 21. Lead Techniques - Vibrato 22. Rockin the Blues 23. Blues Riffs That Will Make Yo Momma Scream 2 24. Open Chord Blues Progression
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