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The Blues Scale (Guitar Lesson)


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David Wallimann

The Blues Scale

In this lesson, David covers both the minor and major blues scales. He explains the formulas and patterns for each scale. In addition, David has included a backing track for you to play along with.

Taught by David Wallimann in Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann seriesLength: 9:08Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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jasonconfusedjasonconfused replied on August 4th, 2016

Why is there not a 6th scale pattern incorporated with the diminished 5th as its starting note?

rogerfunkrogerfunk replied on May 4th, 2016

slow down

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on March 5th, 2015

Great teacher!

rarebird0rarebird0 replied on May 13th, 2014

Isn't the term "hexatonic scales" and not "sixatonic"? Just sayin'.

rarebird0rarebird0 replied on April 22nd, 2014

Good teacher. Everything makes sense. However, are the "positions" standard? As there seems some discrepancy with the "Patterns" on the teaching tools. It was nice not to have to hear him show off on the first page to prove his playing bonafides. Play excellence does not always or even frequently equate into teaching excellence.

charlieboycharlieboy replied on June 5th, 2013

david I love your theory lessons!!!they have helped me a lot--you make it real easy to understand

hunter1984hunter1984 replied on October 14th, 2012

See you in the following night, buddy!

rcausrcaus replied on February 22nd, 2011

David your lessons are fantastic and will make us a better player and I am especially interested in the blues solo. Can you include a lesson on how to use these tracks as I am a little confused with the supplementary as it has both chords and notes. I believe we should be playing the notes but at which spot during the tracks. If you don't mind can you give us an e.g by playing a track at slow tempo and lead us thorugh the lead/notes part from there I believe it should be fine. Thanking you Rama

nkopan69nkopan69 replied on February 20th, 2011

So let me get this straight. A major pentatonic blues scale has a major and a minor 3rd in it. How does that work?

floorshakerfloorshaker replied on August 18th, 2010

Hi David. I see the `blue' note in the minor blues pentatonic is an augmented third (or diminished fifth) whereas in the major blues pentatonic it is a minor third. Am I right and is there any reason for this apart from `that's what it is'?

joalicebraswelljoalicebraswell replied on April 17th, 2010

Great, I can't get it all in one day ! Thanks, but I think I will just try the first position for a while.

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on April 17th, 2010

yes sir great job again david-really complete, nothing left out,really makes very clear-thanx-again u roc!

sachisachi replied on April 16th, 2010

Great lesson. Thanks David. I knew that the Blues scale meant adding the flatted fifth but I was unclear where to find it in all positions. It really helped to see it in the patterns.

Theory and Improvisation with David Wallimann

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

David Wallimann will cover all of the topics necessary master the art of improvisation. He will cover theory, including intervals, scales and modes as well as techniques to improve ones improvisation.



Lesson 1

Understanding Intervals

Before one can truly understand music theory the concept of intervals must be introduced. This lesson covers that topic in great depth.

Length: 27:40 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2

Minor Pentatonic Scale

David teaches the minor pentatonic scale. He explains its scale formula, various fretboard positions, and how it can be used.

Length: 20:03 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Major Pentatonic Scale

David Wallimann moves on to cover the the major pentatonic scale. He teaches its scale formula, all five patterns, and gives advice on how the scale can be used.

Length: 9:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

The Blues Scale

In this lesson, David covers both the minor and major blues scales. He explains the formulas and patterns for each scale. In addition, David has included a backing track for you to play along with.

Length: 9:08 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Minor Modes

David Wallimann introduces three minor modes. In this lesson he covers Dorian, Phrygian and Aeolian modes.

Length: 11:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Major Modes

David Wallimann covers three major modes in this lesson. He covers the Ionian, Lydian and Mixolydian modes.

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

The Locrian Mode

David Wallimann introduces the Locrian mode. He explains its formula in terms of scale degrees as well as its five fretboard patterns. A few fun arpeggio-based ideas are also demonstrated.

Length: 20:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

The Magic Formula

David Wallimann teaches a magic formula that will allow you to play each of the modes up and down the entire fretboard. He also teaches some exercises to help cement this knowledge.

Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Classifying Modes

David Wallimann talks about how modes can be classified and thus used in a musical context. This is a valuable wrap-up lesson to the mini-series on modes.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Creating Chord Progressions

David Wallimann explains how to write diatonic chord progressions. This lesson features excellent practical music theory.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Easy Outside Tricks

David Wallimann teaches a valuable fusion guitar technique that he calls "Easy Outside Tricks."

Length: 8:31 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Playing Modal with Pentatonic Scales

David Wallimann demonstrates how minor pentatonic scales can be used when improvising over the minor modes.

Length: 22:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Playing Modal with Major Pentatonic Scales

David Wallimann shows how the major pentatonic scale can be used in modal playing.

Length: 11:13 Difficulty: 3.0 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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