Thomas Berglund

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Hi!
My name is Thomas Berglund and I´m a swedish musician and guitar teacher.
I have played in various genres through the years but no matter what style I play in there´s the improvisation moment I search. I love jazz, blues, country and many styles but there´s in the improvisation my heart is. So....my intention is to have lessons in various genres but to put in solo scales, phrasing and stuff from the improvisation that makes the music comes alive.

For more lessons you can go to my guitar lesson site.
http://thomasberglundguitarlessons.com

...and here can you listen to my music!
https://soundcloud.com/thomasberglund-1

/all the best
Thomas Berglund

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Develop your Blues Guitar soloing by using the minor 6th pentatonic scale adding the 9th tone in the playing

When playing blues guitar one can get stucked in the blues scale and the common minor pentatonic scale. To develop and go further from that the minor 6th pentatonic scale is a good choice and when you put in the 9th tone to it you have a new palette to use to your blues playing. In this lesson I´ll show and discuss the minor 6th pentatonic scale adding the 9th tone and how to use it in the blues guitar soloing.

Below you have the A minor 6th pentatonic scale and the same scale including the 9th tone.

A minor 6th pentatonic scale

A minor 6th pentatonic scale

A minor 6th pentatonic scale with the 9th tone

A minor 6th pentatonic scale with the 9th tone

These scales creates variations and a new sound to your blues playing. Down below there are two soloing lines from my playing in the guitar lesson video. They will give you some ideas to use the scales when it can be hard to get into a new scale in the beginning. Then it´s good to catch ideas from other players and go further from them to find your own way.

Blues licks  From the m6 pentatonic with the 9th tone lesson no1

Blues licks  From the m6 pentatonic with the 9th tone lesson no2

The chord schedule to my playing and the backing track in the video is:

II A7 I A7 I A7 I A7 I

I D7 I D7 I A7 I A7 I

I E7 I D7 I A7 I E7 II

The backing track for you to practice with is in the end of the video.

Hope you´ll find this lesson useful and good luck!

PaulJones9
16 Jul 2017 19:57:27 @pauljones:
I'm glad you posted another lesson Thomas! All of them have been great and quite useful, thanks! It's funny because I had not heard of this scale before (well, at least not in this context), however I can recognize that major 6th sound from licks that I learned from Jimmy Page (who got them from Chuck Berry and other blues giants). I like the sound of the 6th and the 9th because it doesn't sound like the overused pentatonic minor and blues scales most guitarists use to solo when playing blues. I know you can go a long way with just the two scales, but playing the 6th and 9th definitely results in a more rich and interesting color. My question is, would this scale also work by starting from the root of each of your chords? For example: A major 6 for A7, D major 6 for D7, and E major 6 for E7? I know A major 6 works for all of them, but would that also work blues-wise? Thanks!
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