Blues Scale Basics with Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Vibrato (Guitar Lesson)

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Blues Scale Basics with Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Vibrato

Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson 12, we'll simply add one note to the minor pentatonic scale to give us the famous minor blues scale. We'll also discuss new techniques to interject into your playing, including hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and vibrato.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 36:27Difficulty: 1.5 of 5

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Renoguy75Renoguy75 replied on February 25th, 2018

Wow, last comment was 2016 and problem isn’t fixed. Vibrato lesson still freezes. Please fix!

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on February 26th, 2018

HI there. At this time I'm not able to replicate this issue on my end. Scene 6 plays all the way through on all quality settings without freezing. Please send us an e-mail at [email protected] with your method of viewing the lesson (device type, operating system, browser version) so that we can see if this may be a browser specific issue. If you haven't tried clearing your browser's cache or trying a different quality setting, you may want to give that a try as well.

davidcox257davidcox257 replied on June 29th, 2016

Video 6 Vibrato basics freezes at 3:50 even though sound continues. Please fix this as this is an important lesson for me

mountainriveramountainrivera replied on January 9th, 2016

I found the Pull and hammer portion of this vid impossible to follow. I don't think the tabs are correct. Don't know where "here" is. There are no pull off notations. Someone tell me if it"s me please!

dyna1dyna1 replied on December 22nd, 2015

Mark, Want to thank you for your systematic and clear approach in these lessons. On lesson 12, as a example, I am amazed to find I am actually able to picture the readily remember the pentatonic scale patterns because of the way you are presenting them. I've referred to prior material I have on this same subject and now can clearly see how unfavorable they are to true learning. Thank you again for your efforts and thoughtful preparation of this material. :)

ctakctak replied on November 16th, 2015

I notice there is no tab for sec.7 ?

KeithJP!!!KeithJP!!! replied on October 29th, 2015

Lesson 6 Video stops at 3:50, sound keeps going.

dinomaster606dinomaster606 replied on October 14th, 2015

What does the bottle cap like symbol mean in the 'combination hammer ons and pull off' exercice? On the first note for instance

jazzman11jazzman11 replied on February 24th, 2015

i find it hard to concentrate especially as a im starting put my hands on a guitar. Frustrating but im goning to get through if you guys can

Lorenzo1953Lorenzo1953 replied on October 20th, 2014

Finding this hard to play, my mind seems to wander as I'm going through the exercise. Keep going over it but slip up many times should I just persevere with this until I get it right I don't want to get stuck with this and forget the other lessons before?

jazzman11jazzman11 replied on February 24th, 2015

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monabrimonabri replied on July 10th, 2014

Home Plate - good job you explained with diagram as we Limeys don't play baseball and don't know what a home plate looks like ! ;-)

j woolnoughj woolnough replied on May 25th, 2014

Hi Mark, In scene 7, practice riff #2, bar 39 before the slide to E it appears that the D note is played on the 5th then the open E and then the slide from the D to the E on the 5th. I would have expected the slide to the E to occur after the D was played. Is my understanding correct?

axefan88axefan88 replied on June 9th, 2013

Been cruising along until now... 1st day on this lesson and finding it not so easy

raffybraffyb replied on May 25th, 2013

Can anyone tell me what the notations along the bottom of bar 28 mean in practice riff 2? They look like tabletops with two legs interspersed with a 'V'. Thanks Much,

cap913cap913 replied on August 18th, 2013

That indicates a downstroke

Heathben418Heathben418 replied on July 18th, 2017

down strum and up strum

dwgraueldwgrauel replied on May 2nd, 2013

Having a lot of fun with this class. Thanks Mark. For the folks who are looking for some good Em backing tracks, check out some of the rock tracks by David Wallimann in the Teaching Tools section. Nice.

solidsolid replied on January 28th, 2013

I think there is a mistake in the supplemental content for the last riff. The last slide is shown going from B to A, but in the video it looks like you are going from A# to A.

susanhelanesusanhelane replied on February 11th, 2013

Hi, Mark! I, too, would have appreciated supplemental material for this Lesson 12, displaying the Homeplate Box. I found the printable sheet in Lesson 11 very helpfull. This is a jam-packed lesson, full of great stuff! Thanks!

dpmessdpmess replied on November 25th, 2012

Hi Mark, It would be helpfull if you included a printable copy of the box pattern diagram in the supplemental content. I'm drawing pictures of the patterns but it would be easier to be able to print them.

aaces upaaces up replied on November 6th, 2012

Just a word to the wise, if you have skipped ahead to this stuff and havent properly been shredding your fingers through all the other drills. Pull offs are much more difficult without calluses. Thats what I found anyway.

aaces upaaces up replied on November 6th, 2012

Once I had the calluses this drill was far easier. And I developed them much quicker doing the chord and moveable power chord drills for hours.......So worth it though

guitar5354guitar5354 replied on October 8th, 2012

I have just started doing your lesson and I find them interesting and challenging at the same time. Though I wonder will you be teaching any songs as such. I understand that its important to learn the basic s but I feel that if there was a song we could learn (even a simplistic song) it would give us more confidence and help to push students forward. ( it would be like learning all the mathematical theories but unless we try some question we will never feel that we have learnt anything).

bregenzbregenz replied on May 19th, 2012

Master Brennan~ I just finished your 12th lesson and I wanted to let you know how much fun I am having with your course. You are a GREAT teacher! ~ Your student for life, Thomas N. Chicago, IL =)

wmartinwmartin replied on May 18th, 2012

Mark or anyone else, what songs would be good to practice just these two boxes or something real close to it. I have Guitar Pro and I want to utilize it with these lessons. Thank you, Mark and guys.

myolddadmyolddad replied on April 29th, 2012

Mark, when giving a demo on the practice riffs, can you reference the sheet music where the riff is found, i.e. 3rd bar of practice riff #2 or show a footnote on the screen

oasis2011oasis2011 replied on April 29th, 2012

hi mark ther is no your response about one thing. when ? hammer on it dosent sound like you , is there a problem about my guitar ( jay tensen vintage .cheap anyway:-) ) when ? hit to string ?t loses its sound power right away , then ? hammer but there is no sound like you.

oasis2011oasis2011 replied on April 29th, 2012

hi mark ther is no your response about one thing. when ? hammer on it dosent sound like you , is there a problem about my guitar ( jay tensen vintage .cheap anyway:-) ) when ? hit to string ?t loses its sound power right away , then ? hammer but there is no sound like you.

takistakis replied on February 24th, 2012

Hi, Mark, In the very last scene, in the very last riff, towards the end of it (I think on G chord) you do a quick trick with your fingers that sounds great, but I can't figure out exactly how you do it. What is that? Thanks! PS: If something, even the simplest thing, is not in the supplemental material it is hard for us rookies to keep up.

takistakis replied on February 24th, 2012

Hi, Mark, In the very last riff in the very last scene, you do a trick with your fingers. I think it is on the G chord, as you move down the pitch, towards the end of the riff. It's quick. It sounds great! I am trying to figure it out, but I can't, no matter how many times I watch it. How do you that? Thanks! PS: If something is not in the supplemental material, it is hard for us rookies to keep up sometimes.

jerseyfrankjerseyfrank replied on February 20th, 2012

Mark, very, very nice lesson. Love the sounds and structure of the riffs. Great job.

mickmanmickman replied on February 16th, 2012

E minor Penatonic; with the 'base plate' allows you to play the opening to PINK FLoyd's Wish you were here... utilising hammer ons & pull offs .. check it out !!!

mickmanmickman replied on February 16th, 2012

I will try and make a vid & upload to Youtube ... might be of use to someone a it is fun way to learn hammer ons.. I'll add a link here later..

mickmanmickman replied on February 17th, 2012 note: I bet there's a lesson here on JamPlay teaching the entire song.

mlauremlaure replied on January 15th, 2012

The licks of scene 7 have been a true challenge to me ! Not that they are incredibly complicated in the end, but I have had to work very hard. :-) Now it is almost OK, and I am glad I had the patience to repeat again and again. Thank you for this exciting lesson! This is the stuff I ´ve always wanted to learn. I am so happy!

Jammin JohnJammin John replied on December 27th, 2011

Hey Mark, Just wanted you to know I just renewed for another year taking advantage of the Christmas discount. I'm just about to finish this lesson 12. What a journey it has been. Still doing about an hour 4-5 times a week. Still doing your "Pick Exercises" every time I pick up my axe. I can now play through them easily but still do them. Working on "Down on the Corner" as well. I just want to tell all the new people out there to not shortcut your instruction. I have found that what didn't sound, look or feel right at first try ended up being right on when I mastered it. Thanks again, hope you had a Merry Christmas!! Santa brought me a Fender Blues Jr. as a 1 year reward!!

mikekerrmikekerr replied on December 8th, 2011

Hello, just a quick question! the Blues scale even though it has a minor 3rd is meant to be used on a Dominant 7 chord right? thank you

jnimbergjnimberg replied on November 13th, 2011

the hammer ons are coming fine. the pull-offs are crushing my spirit. any further thoughts on how to make them work?

digitalnaturdigitalnatur replied on July 10th, 2011

Hi, Mark! Thanks for great lessons so far. I so glad I found JamPlay and your sessions. Tried out a hole bunch of different web lessons, books ect. But this made my day! Thanks! Best regards from Norway.

jm1968ajm1968a replied on June 6th, 2011

Hi Mark, I'm having a hard time with the hammer-ons, I keep flattening the knuckle when I try to hit with my finger tip. Is there an exercise that can help build up my finger strength?

jspain117jspain117 replied on May 22nd, 2011

How do i keep my hammer-ons from buzzing right when i hit it? It only buzzes right when i hit it. Is that normal or am i doing something wrong?

nash24nash24 replied on April 30th, 2011

You really are a great teacher. I'm enjoying these lessons and learning a LOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

happy jamhappy jam replied on April 6th, 2011

Awesome Lessons Mark thank you sooo much for the time you used to make these lessons :)

jhenriksenjhenriksen replied on April 4th, 2011

I agree that a diagram of the blues scale at the first and second position would be helpful. That is, a diagram of the frets and notes as shown on the video.

gbnarmoregbnarmore replied on March 19th, 2011

Mark, Can you add a diagram of the blues scale you use in scene 3 of lesson 12 (the one that includes the "home plate" box) to the supplemental material? The open position scale in lesson 11 has been very helpful for me. I am a visual learner and the aesthetics of the diagram helps to sear the image into my mind. I also like the fact that you name the notes on the finger positions. Thanks also for the riffs you use to expand on your lessons. They work well for me. I am presently driving my wife nuts with the lesson 11 blues scale riff and the one from the power chord section. I actually sound like I know what I'm doing! Who would of ever thunk it. Your are a trememdous teacher. Keep the lessons them coming, and you may make something of me yet.

stevieohastevieoha replied on February 2nd, 2011

Mark blackrider is referring to the first practice riff I too was looking for the tab and could not see it. Its the first lick in Scene 5. Hope this helps.

stevieohastevieoha replied on February 2nd, 2011

Forget that :)

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on February 2nd, 2011

The first riff in Scene 5 is on the second page of the suppoemental 28.

martinthallmartinthall replied on September 11th, 2010

Is it possible to add a backing track for E minor blues? Improvising with all of this lesson material would really be helpful.

akcerkeakcerke replied on August 20th, 2010

hey mark i dont,t have any problems with the lesson but i have a question about your guitar what is that black thing right there by the headstock

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on August 22nd, 2010

It's called a Wedgie. it's a pick holder. It has two wedges in it to hold two picks. It's a handy little device.

slegyrasslegyras replied on July 10th, 2010

Pulling off is hard. The only thing I seems to pull off is the skin on my fingertips

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on July 11th, 2010

Hey you develope callouses on your tips, pulling off will become easier and more comfortable. Try not to tear off the skin on your tips, as this might slow down the process. Be patient as the callouses develope.....Mark B.

raoelraoel replied on May 4th, 2010

so what is the blue note exactly,what is so special about it?thanks

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on May 4th, 2010

Using the Universal scale numbering system, which compares scales and chords to a major scale.....1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 being a major scale, the minor pentatonic scale is 1, b3, 4, 5, b7. It is a 5 note scale. The blue note adds a sixth note. It is the chromatic note that comes between the 4 and 5 note. Call it the #4/b5. In the lesson, I refer to it as the #4. Listen to my comments at the beginning of Scene 2. This note adds a bit of color to the sound of the scale, adds a "bluesy" sound...attitude! Play just the minor pentatonic, then play it adding the blue note and compare the sound. As you play and practice and use the blues scale, it becomes evident the benefits of added note.

scotty78scotty78 replied on March 21st, 2010

i've been playing for about 16 years but i'm almost completely self taught and decided i might as well start at the begining cause i'll most likely run across some stuff i dont know.. and well i was right thanks for the great job i'm going to follow you closely.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on March 21st, 2010

watch for a new bank of lessons coming soon...Mark B.

graeme6graeme6 replied on February 15th, 2010

Hi Mark, your lessons are great, I've been a beginner all my life with private lessons the instructors suck, with your instruction I'm finally getting it. Can't wait to see you play at the sly fox. cool

brownstarbrownstar replied on January 28th, 2010

awesome lessons!

mhburtonmhburton replied on October 24th, 2009

Hi Mark, Do you have a video capture of the fretboard diagram for the home plate box that you could put up in the supplemental materials with the riffs lie the previous lessons? Thanks, Michael

mhburtonmhburton replied on October 24th, 2009

Hi Mark, Thanks a lot for doing these lessons. You have a great teaching style and I appreciate it. Although still a challenge, learning to play the guitar is MUCH less difficult than I thought it would be. Had I known what I do now I would have started playing much earlier. Like 30 years or so! Hah! I am just beginning this lesson, and don't have any questions yet but, I though I would drop a line to tell you thanks, Michael

aeroskyaerosky replied on October 8th, 2009

it would be sweet if you took the final chart of the blues scale and put it in the sup. content. thanks!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on October 9th, 2009

Hey Aaron...check out the scale library in the teaching tools of the website. It has the whole major and minor pentatonic box system laid out for you.....Mark B.

sidksidk replied on September 28th, 2009

Hi Mark, I just can't seem to get the same level of sound when i do my hammer ons. I look at you and it seems like you don't have to hammer very hard but i slam my finger down very hard to achieve this and even then sometimes it just doesn't work. Is there something wrong with my guitar or amp?

sidksidk replied on September 29th, 2009

It was just the student. I can seem to do it better now after talking to the forum. I really do find your lessons VERY GOOD. PLEASE keep the lessons coming!

ry_naylorry_naylor replied on September 27th, 2009

Hi Mark. The tab on your last riff is slightly wrong. You've got a B on the 4th fret G string, not B flat on 3rd fret. Great lessons though!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on September 27th, 2009

Hey Ryan...thanks for the heads up! I'll get that change on my Guitar Pro tab.

jtutjtut replied on September 6th, 2009

Great lesson, really like the progression from lesson to lesson. Looking forward to additional lessons. Any chance of throwing in a David Gilmour riff at some point? Maybe one of his newest songs, "On an Island," or older "Comfortably Numb."

skatzskatz replied on August 31st, 2009

Great lessons man. I'd really love to see more from you.

mbaribembaribe replied on August 28th, 2009

Mark, I just started with Jamplay this month and have been exploring the site. Lots of good lessons. I've been enjoying your beginners lessons and looking forward to more great lessons.

jefferson_onejefferson_one replied on August 26th, 2009

Hey Mark ... I just started your lesson set to get better background for rock ... I really like your personable laid back style!

den9355den9355 replied on August 26th, 2009

Hi Mark, This is a very good lesson. I have a hard time with pull offs but this lesson has definitely helped. You can hear the framework of many great riffs in these basic techniques.

blackriderblackrider replied on August 25th, 2009

Thanks for posting it Mark. now I got it!

dleary75dleary75 replied on August 24th, 2009

Mark, can you continue to expand on the beginner electric series? Your teaching style is perfect for my learning needs. The other guys are great players I don't connect with them as a student. You seem to be the only one I can truly understand, so it would be beneficial if you could expand on this series. Thanks, Dan

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on August 25th, 2009

Thanks, Dan. The series continues....lessons 13, 14, 15, and 16 have been filmed. Stay tuned...Mark B.

blackriderblackrider replied on August 24th, 2009

Mark it wouild be really nice to see that riff written out. I replayed the video too many times tryimg to catch it.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied on August 25th, 2009

Hey Warren....can you tell me the specific riff (what scene, or where in the lesson), you are referring to, and then I can do an add on to the supplemental material...thanks, Mark B.

martinthallmartinthall replied on August 25th, 2009

I've just started playing so forgive my rookie comment but have you tried slowdowner for slowing down fast riffs without losing the pitch? You would have to record a jamplay riff on mp3 then play it through slowdowner. Hope this helps.

clivewoodwardclivewoodward replied on August 25th, 2009

Just reinforcing Dan's request here -- this lesson set and your teaching style are right on the money. I don't know how much feedback you get but you should know that your efforts are much appreciated out here. Thanks for the continued help, Clive

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In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.

Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.

In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.

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JamPlay sits down with veteran fret grinder Steve Smyth of Forbidden and The EssenEss Project. He talks about how he got...

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John March John March

Take a new look at the fretboard and learn where to find a voicing that works. There are techniques that simplify the fretboard...

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Chord Library

Each chord in our library contains a full chart, related tablature, and a photograph of how the chord is played. A comprehensive learning resource for any guitarist.

Scale Library

Our software allows you to document your progress for any lesson, including notes and percent of the lesson completed. This gives you the ability to document what you need to work on, and where you left off.

Custom Chord Sheets

At JamPlay, not only can you reference our Chord Library, but you can also select any variety of chords you need to work on, and generate your own printable chord sheet.

Backing Tracks

Jam-along backing tracks give the guitarist a platform for improvising and soloing. Our backing tracks provide a wide variety of tracks from different genres of music, and serves as a great learning tool.

Interactive Games

We have teachers covering beginner lessons, rock, classic rock, jazz, bluegrass, fingerstyle, slack key and more. Learn how to play the guitar from experienced players, in a casual environment.

Beginners Welcome.. and Up

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Take a minute to compare JamPlay to other traditional and new methods of learning guitar. Our estimates for "In-Person" lessons below are based on a weekly face-to-face lesson for $40 per hour.

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Money Back Guarantee Sometimes n/a
Number of Instructors 92 1 – 3 1 Zillions
Interaction with Instructors Daily Webcam Sessions Weekly
Professional Instructors Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
New Lessons Daily Weekly Minutely
Structured Lessons
Learn Any Style Sorta
Track Progress
HD Video - Sometimes
Multiple Camera Angles Sometimes - Sometimes
Accurate Tabs Maybe Maybe
Scale/Chord Libraries
Custom JamTracks
Interactive Games
Learn in Sweatpants Socially Unacceptable
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