Lesson #123, Darlin' Corey I

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lesson #123, Darlin' Corey I

Hi Everyone,

In the next few lessons, we are going to discuss C tuning and the song Darlin Corey. Before we actually get into the song though, I'd like to talk a little bit about the Blues scale. I want to relate the blues scale in this lesson to the minor pentatonic scale that we went over previously. The only difference between the minor pentatonic scale and the blues scale is that the blues scale has one more note.

We know that the minor pentatonic scale contains five notes. A blues scale contains six notes. To make a blues scale from the minor pentatonic scale we are just going to place a note between the 3rd and 4th degrees of the minor pentatonic scale.

When we play that note in between the 3rd and 4th degrees, we are creating a chromatic line, since that piece of the scale works its way up and down in half steps.

The scale pattern in this video is also moveable, you can move in up and down the fingerboard and name the blues scale by the note you start it on. Remember as well that you can play any scale however you want on the fingerboard, just find the notes, and see how many different ways you can create patterns.

Another pattern would be to play the scale on one string. Find a G blues scale on the fourth string alone, then in the next lesson, we will harmonize it, and relate it to the song Darlin Cory.

Keep it going Everyone,


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