Sultry Blues Lead – Mixing Major and Minor Pent

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

One of the key elements towards playing blues lead is the ability to mix major and minor pentatonics. This creates ambiguity in your playing, neither truly happy nor sad – simply soulful. Players like Eric Clapton and BB King have used this strategy to create some of their most timeless solos, and it is an essential topic to master.

Enjoy the lesson guys!


Head over to our jam tracks and try to improvise over a progression using both major and minor pentatonics. For now, simply rotate which scale you use to create a phrase.


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    This video crashes at about 1:32. I googled and found a different lesson from another source for this topic, since the tablature wasn’t really enough here. GuitarWorld has a decent one called “Essential Blues Basics: Soloing with the Combined Minor/Major Pentatonic Scales”.

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