Blues lead guitar - lesson 2

Blues in the key of A - backing track lesson 2.
This is the second lesson in the Blues soloing series. This lesson focus on the 2nd shape of the scale, played in 7th position (as seen in the diagram below). There are five different main shapes for a certain scale

Blues in A jam track (using a single scale)

"Roadhouse Blues"

A blues scale shape diagram 7th pos

Instructions: It is recommended that you in the beginning limit yourself to one shape at a time and expand your span over the fingerboard as you progress. After you have gotten use to the first shape (see lesson 1), it's logical to expand your knowledge with this second position of the Blues scale.
The 2nd shape of the Blues scale involves some position shifts that makes it somewhat awkward and may not be your favorite shape for the scale. It includes, however, the main part of the B.B. King Box (3rd string, 9th fret and the dots on the 1st and 2nd strings).

Jam track info

Instruments: Bass, drums and rhythm guitar
Chords: A7
Tempo: 117 BPM


Chord and scale - This particular blues jam track is based upon only one chord, the dominant A seventh. The dominant seventh is the most common chord type in blues. The Blues scale (a.k.a. the Pentatonic Blues scale) is as its name imply a perfect choice to use for blues lead guitar.

A7 chord chord intervals and notes.

1 3 5 b7
A C# E G

A Blues scale degrees and notes.

1 b3 4 b5 5 b7
A C D Eb E G

There is not a perfect match between a A7 chord and the A Blues scale, but it will still sound great to use the scale over the chord.

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