The Blues Scale (Guitar Lesson)


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David Wallimann

The Blues Scale

David Wallimann shows how adding one note to the minor pentatonic scale creates the minor blues scale.

Taught by David Wallimann in Basic Electric Guitar with David Wallimann seriesLength: 10:54Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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SurfpopSurfpop replied on March 19th, 2017

I'm about done with this guy until he uses a guitar with fret markers.

SurfpopSurfpop replied on March 19th, 2017

In fact, given the age of the comments here, I'm assuming that Jam Play doesn't care about new players.

jboothjbooth replied on June 9th, 2017

We do care about new players. There's just nothing we can do about material that was recorded several years ago.

BenjimanBenjiman replied on October 23rd, 2016

Hi. Dave's lessons are very clear. Great teacher. Thanks, Ben.

VelvetKevorkianVelvetKevorkian replied on November 24th, 2015

I'm confused... Dave said the "fourth was 5th string 5th fret", minor pent the 4th note would be A 7th fret not 5th fret. It looked like he added 6th fret A to the scale, which would make it E5th, E8th, A5th, A6th, A7th, D5th???

hiphopguitarist.comhiphopguitarist.com replied on October 10th, 2015

Did the 1st phase in one day, pretty intense!

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on September 16th, 2015

I still don't understand the concept of "Blues Positions" after looking at the handout!

scottbarker16scottbarker16 replied on August 29th, 2015

All Dave Wallimann's lessons have been incredibly clear and detailed, however, the 3 Licks were completely unclear to me. I read the comments and saw a few people seem to have the same problem. The previous lesson on the pentatonic scale was crystal clear. The "Licks" lesson, however, has no reference to the starting place on the fret or string and no details as the lick progressed. Previously Dave went slow and named every note on every fret and string and fingers used. I played the video back over and over trying to stop and start quickly and I still can't make clear what notes/frets are being used. The supplemental material offered some light but doesn't confirm what is being played. Is there any way to make this information known to me? I am a beginner and have been duplicating what Dave is doing verbatim. I am now stuck! Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank You, Scott

badyerbadyer replied on May 18th, 2015

nice lesson David when are you doing the next video?

juliebgjuliebg replied on March 27th, 2015

Great Lessons, thanks. More please to advance skills.

pakutkacpakutkac replied on October 5th, 2013

Dave your quite the teacher..thanks

souljoegosouljoego replied on May 4th, 2013

awesome lesson. it connected with me. once I played along with the tracks in the lesson I was inspired to play my music, but armed with an educational approach. thanks david

monabrimonabri replied on November 17th, 2012

i was umming and ahhing about downloading the mp3 backing track but i did. i then spent the next hour jamming along.... I ROCK !!

lopatto2112lopatto2112 replied on April 5th, 2012

for the blues scales, position 2 to 5, what are those scales theyre not A minors?

letitiajletitiaj replied on January 22nd, 2012

thank you for these lessons David. They have been very helpful and taught me a lot. i look forward to more.

black5black5 replied on October 11th, 2011

Thank you so much David for that awesome lesson. I completed your whole phase 1 series and I found it very helpful and although I've been playing for quite a number of years now, I learned a great deal from you. I hope that you will come out with more lessons soon. Looking forward to it JJ

bigbadwolfbigbadwolf replied on June 30th, 2011

more lessons, lets go Dave!!!!!

rcausrcaus replied on March 22nd, 2011

David,lesson 8 was very basic but the lick 1 has weird beat symbols. Since lick 1 is 4/4 , should we treat it as follows ,ignoring the string number : 1st beat ( 7-57 ) , 2 beat ( 5- 5- ) , 3 beat(7576) and 4th beat(5 -- -) Basically, it looks like a combination of tripelet , quarter , half beat and whole beat. Is that the correct interpretation. Regards Rama

goldenarmzgoldenarmz replied on February 18th, 2011

This is a great lesson.. those couple of simple licks really inspired me to start jamming along with the backing track for the first time! I was surprised at how good I actually sounded! Hope to see a lot more lessons from David in the future, he's a natural teacher.

Basic Electric Guitar with David Wallimann

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Lesson 1

Series Introduction

David Wallimann introduces himself, talks about his background, and offers advice to new players.

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Knowing Your Guitar

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Lesson 10

Playing Technique

David Wallimann provides some tips that will improve both your right and left hand technique.

Length: 13:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

The Blues Scale

David Wallimann shows how adding one note to the minor pentatonic scale creates the minor blues scale.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About David Wallimann View Full Biography David was born in Aix-en-Provence, South France in 1977. At the age of 15, he picked up the guitar and started developing a true love for instrumental music and composition.

In 1999 he was recognized by Ibanez for his promising musical achievements and received an artist endorsement. That early recognition in David's musical career encouraged him to consecrate more time on crafting his musical art and apply to the school of modern music Artist' in Cavaillon, France. He received a full scholarship there where he graduated with honors.

In 2001, David won first place for the Tal Farlow French national jazz contest which gave him a full paid scholarship to the CMA school of modern music in Valenciennes, France. He graduated specializing in advance guitar with honors.

Following his school years, David spent the next 5 years working with several bands recording, writing and playing shows in France and Belgium. It's during that time that Wallimann was exposed to the world of progressive rock which opened new doors to his musical creativity.

Deep inside the Mind is his first release as a solo artist in which he exposes his Christian faith. The album was well received in the specialized press and was compared several times to some of Frank Zappa's approach to music adding an element of humor to deep subjects.

In 2005 he joined the internationally renown progressive band Glass Hammer based in Chattanooga, TN. He released several studio albums and live DVDs with the band.

David is today working on his next upcoming solo release and is also spending quite a bit of time teaching guitar in his studio and online at JamPlay.

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