Pentatonics and Blues Guitar Solo Mastery

Learn how to easily play blues guitar with complete ease, and master fretboard visualization
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  • Lectures 111
  • Length 6 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Course Updated April 4st, 2016

  • Do you feel like your guitar playing has reached a plateau?
  • Do you feel lost every time you have to play a guitar solo?
  • Have you tried to learn from theory books and CDs, but found that they left you even more confused?
  • Do you want the definite tips to solo guitar in any situation? 
  • How about having assurance that you can look down at your fretboard and being able to solo any way you want? What would that be worth to you?

Today, you get to find out first-hand what it's like to know your guitar inside and out; by enrolling in this course, you get all this and more, including:

  • Natural scales
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Blues Scales
  • The Modes
  • Soloing over each of the blues progressions
  • Technique advice for improving your guitar solos

What are you waiting for? Enroll today to learn these secrets right now!

What are the requirements?

  • Have 'Adobe PDF Reader' installed on your computer; you can use this if you want to study the handouts.
  • Have your guitar on your lap, with pick in hand while studying this course
  • (Optional, but highly recommended) Have a notebook and pen at the ready to write down valuable insights

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Shift your perspective from complete cluelessness to knowledge and assuredness when it comes to blues soloing
  • The 5 Stupid-Easy Patterns that you can use to learn the Natural Major and Minor Scales anywhere on the neck
  • Learn the 5 Chord shapes that connect the scales, and allow you to jump from one to the other with lighting speed
  • Jump from a Major to its respective Minor, and back, with complete ease. This is more important than you think!
  • How to easily create the Pentatonic and Blues Scales, each and every time
  • The Modes; for once and for all, learn the principles and learn how to play those pesky modes with complete ease!
  • Extended notes and chords; what they are, why you need them to guitar soloing, and how to play them in every context
  • Specific scales that you should play over specific chords; this takes all of the guesswork out of blues guitar soloing, yet gives you plenty of flexibility to play creative guitar solos
  • The three types of 12 Bar Blues Progressions, and how to play and solo over each one
  • Guitar technique and theory tips, to help you become creative and stylistic when playing
  • Direct contact with me! Message me with any question about the course material and get a quick reply!

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for guitarists who have passed the "beginner" stage of guitar-playing, this includes getting past the issue of uncooperative fingers and the sloppy mistakes that ensue.
  • This course is NOT for complete beginners to the guitar; in fact, I have a Udemy course specifically designed to do that. Look up my "30 Day Guitar Challenge"

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
06:50

Welcome! Let's begin by going over the basics, what you'll learn from this course, and how we'll approach the modules of this program.

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01:14
Section 2: Module 1 - Learn the Natural Major Scale
11:18

Module 1

Learn the very basics of the natural major scale, which is the single most important unit in guitar theory. This lesson culminates in 5 patterns that you can apply to play the major scale anywhere on the neck.. more on this later!

02:31

Module 1

Let's stack the 5 patterns that we've already learned and apply it towards an E shape major scale. This is just the first of five shapes.

00:41

Module 1

Video version: Let's stack the 5 patterns that we've already learned and apply it towards an E shape major scale. This is just the first of five shapes.

11:45

Module 1

Let's use the same concept behind the E shape and use the 5 patterns to form the D, C, A, and G shapes. Of course, there are some tips to help jump from one shape to the other; follow me!

02:46

Module 1

Video version: Let's use the same concept behind the E shape and use the 5 patterns to form the D, C, A, and G shapes. Of course, there are some tips to help jump from one shape to the other; follow me!

01:55

Module 1

Secret 1 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

00:47

Module 1

Video version: Secret 1 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:02

Module 1

Secret 2 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

00:26

Module 1

Video version: Secret 2 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:07

Module 1

Secret 3 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

00:30

Module 1

Video version: Secret 3 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

03:14

Module 1

Secret 4 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:54

Module 1

Secret 4 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

00:55

Module 1

Secret 5 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:09

Module 1

Secret 5 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

02:05

Module 1

Secret 6 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:02

Module 1

Secret 6 of 6 for memorizing the natural major scales all over the neck.

01:14

Module 1

Well done! You have covered plenty of material for today. Practice the material and join me back on Module 2 - Natural Minor Scales

Section 3: Module 2 - Learn the Natural Minor Scale
06:44

Module 2

In this module, we will cover the natural minor scale, its relation to the major scale, and how to jump from one to the other with complete ease. 

This might appear a bit redundant and unnecessary, but understanding the connection between major and minor is crucial in guitar theory.

02:20

Module 2

Video version: Learn the connection between major and minor guitar scales in this video lesson.

09:07

Module 2

Let's apply both concepts of relative minor and the 5 patterns to create all 5 shapes (E, D, C, A, G) of the natural minor scale.

This involves re-purposing the 5 patterns and starting at a different place in order to play a new scale!

05:11

Module 2

Video version: Let's apply both concepts of relative minor and the 5 patterns to create all 5 shapes (E, D, C, A, G) of the natural minor scale.

This involves re-purposing the 5 patterns and starting at a different place in order to play a new scale!

01:19

Module 2

Secret 1 of 5 of learning the natural minor scale all over the guitar neck.

00:42

Module 2

Secret 2 of 5 of learning the natural minor scale all over the guitar neck.

00:34

Module 2

Secret 3 of 5 of learning the natural minor scale all over the guitar neck.

01:38

Module 2

Secret 4 of 5 of learning the natural minor scale all over the guitar neck.

00:53

Module 2

Secret 5 of 5 of learning the natural minor scale all over the guitar neck.

00:48

Module 2 

Be sure to practice the natural minor scale, as well as its connection between the major and minor scale, and I will see you on Module 3!

Section 4: Module 3 - The CAGED System
08:48

Module 3

This module covers the CAGED system, which highlights the interaction between the major and minor scales and chords. Understanding the CAGED system is particularly useful for effective fretboard visualization. 

11:01

Module 3

Video version: This module covers the CAGED system, which highlights the interaction between the major and minor scales and chords. Understanding the CAGED system is particularly useful for effective fretboard visualization. 

00:17

Module 3

Be sure to practice the CAGED system and then join me on the next module.

Section 5: Module 4 - Pentatonics and Blues Scales
11:31

Module 4

In this module, we will finally work on the prized pentatonic scales, a result of the previous three modules. We will learn how to strip away the notes from the natural major and minor notes in order to create the pentatonic scales (this becomes very easy to remember if you do it right).

05:57

Module 4

Video version: In this module, we will finally work on the prized pentatonic scales, a result of the previous three modules. We will learn how to strip away the notes from the natural major and minor notes in order to create the pentatonic scales (this becomes very easy to remember if you do it right).

08:09

Module 4

This lesson will teach you how to re-name all five patterns, as they now represent something new. Re-naming these patterns makes it very easy to memorize the pentatonic scales.

05:34

Module 4

Video version: This lesson will teach you how to re-name all five patterns, as they now represent something new. Re-naming these patterns makes it very easy to memorize the pentatonic scales.

08:11

Module 4

In this lesson, you will learn what to add to a pentatonic scale in order to transform it into a blues scale. Major and minor blues scales are what you can play over almost any blues song and song stellar.

Here's how to do it!

06:31

Module 4

Video version: Learn how to transform and pentatonic scale into a blues scale, which will render you a capable blues guitar player.

00:37

Module 4

Well done! Be sure to practice the transition from Natural scales to Pentatonic scales to Blues scales, and then join me on Module 5!

Section 6: Module 5 - Finally Understand the Modes
07:54

Module 5

Welcome to Module 5! In this lesson, we will help you finally grasp the Modes as a concept. Join me in this lesson and let's begin.

05:27

Module 5

In this lesson, we will cover all 7 modes of the natural major scale (hint: you already know 2 of them)

03:51

Module 5

Video version: In this lesson, we will cover all 7 modes of the natural major scale (hint: you already know 2 of them)

02:56

Module 5

In this lesson, we shall cover three individual scales, which makes up all the minor-based scales (Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian).

01:18

Module 5

Video version: In this lesson, we shall cover three individual scales, which makes up all the minor-based scales (Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian).

02:26

Module 5

In this lesson, we shall cover three individual scales, which makes up all the major-based scales (Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian).

01:09

Module 5

Video version: In this lesson, we shall cover three individual scales, which makes up all the major-based scales (Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian).

01:27

Module 05

In this lesson, we shall look at the last of 7 modes, the Locrian Scale. We shall also see how they relate to the Aeolian and Ionian scale.

01:05

Module 05

Video version: In this lesson, we shall look at the last of 7 modes, the Locrian Scale. We shall also see how they relate to the Aeolian and Ionian scale.

03:47

Module 5

Here is another interesting way of looking at the modes; we will look at the roots (starting places) of each mode and where they are situated on the 5 patterns.

Also, we will cover chord degrees, which we can manipulate with our new knowledge of modes.

05:36

Module 5

Here is another interesting way of looking at the modes; we will look at the roots (starting places) of each mode and where they are situated on the 5 patterns.

Also, we will cover chord degrees, which we can manipulate with our new knowledge of modes.

09:32

Module 5

Here is another interesting way of looking at the modes; we will look at the roots (starting places) of each mode and where they are situated on the 5 patterns.

Also, we will cover chord degrees, which we can manipulate with our new knowledge of modes.

08:00

Module 5

Here is another interesting way of looking at the modes; we will look at the roots (starting places) of each mode and where they are situated on the 5 patterns.

Also, we will cover chord degrees, which we can manipulate with our new knowledge of modes.

03:09

Module 5

"Big Crossovers" refers to a useful concept that will help you jump from a pentatonic scale (either major or minor) to a mode.

In short, let's learn to jump from pentatonic scales to modes on the fly!

03:47

Module 5

Video version: "Big Crossovers" refers to a useful concept that will help you jump from a pentatonic scale (either major or minor) to a mode.

In short, let's learn to jump from pentatonic scales to modes on the fly!

00:23

Module 5

Thanks for listening! Be sure to practice all the exercises, and join me in the next module!

Section 7: Module 6 - Introduction to the Blues - What You Need to Know
07:43

Module 6

We've covered very broad concepts, but what about the little things? Let's review the very little details that you must know before you can jump headfirst into the 12 Bar Blues.

01:51

Module 6

Extended notes are crucial to understanding extended chords, but what ARE extended notes? We will examine that here!

04:43

Module 6

Extended chords are great ways of spicing up your rhythm guitar playing. Let's look at how to play extended chords!

03:07

Module 6

Augmented scales and chords are quite unique in their own right; there's no real starting place nor ending place. We will look at this scale and learn how it is so different.

01:27

Module 6

Video version: Augmented scales and chords are quite unique in their own right; there's no real starting place nor ending place. We will look at this scale and learn how it is so different.

01:56

Module 6 

Like the augmented scale, the diminished scale is also unique, but distinct. Let's learn how they are specifically different.

01:33

Module 6 

Video version: Like the augmented scale, the diminished scale is also unique, but distinct. Let's learn how they are specifically different.

03:43

Module 6

Let's finally take a look at the basics of the 12 Bar Blues, as well as looking at the distinctions between the three types of blues progressions.

00:31

Module 6

Thanks for listening; be sure to practice these concepts and join be on Module 7!

Section 8: Module 7 - Guitar Solo Tracks
PPT Blues and Modes Solo Tracks
09:31
VDO Blues Track
02:46
VDO Modes Track
03:25
VDO Mixing Blues and Modes
01:11
PPT Solo Tracks Takeaways & Closing Thoughts
00:37
Section 9: Module 8 - (1/3) Dominant Blues Progression
03:41

Module 8

The Dominant Blues Progression is the first of three progressions that we will cover in this module. The Dominant Progression covers a large percentage of blues songs. 

Although most relevant concepts are discussed here, many of them also apply to the Major and Minor Blues Progressions.

00:58

Module 8

Video Version: The Dominant Blues Progression is the first of three progressions that we will cover in this module. The Dominant Progression covers a large percentage of blues songs. 

05:32

Module 8

Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th's root chord (I7 chord).

03:55

Module 8

Video version: Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th's root chord (I7 chord).

00:59

Module 8

Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th's 4th scale degree's chord (IV7 chord).

02:31

Module 8

Video version: Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th's 4th scale degree's chord (IV7 chord).

00:49

Module 8

Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th's 5th scale degree's chord (V7 chord).

01:09

Module 8

Let's learn what you should be playing over the Dominant 7th 5th scale degree's chord (V7 chord).

00:56

Module 8

Here's how you should be approaching turnarounds, which is what you should be playing for bars 11 and 12.

02:11

Module 8

Video version: Here's how you should be approaching turnarounds, which is what you should be playing for bars 11 and 12.

03:20

Module 8

We've covered the relative major and minor scales and chords; but, what about if you want to jump from major to minor, using the SAME ROOT?

This lesson is here to teach you that.

02:53

Module 8

Video Version: We've covered the relative major and minor scales and chords; but, what about if you want to jump from major to minor, using the SAME ROOT?

This lesson is here to teach you that.

02:55

Module 8

Although it's typically recommended that you stay on the I Blues Track, you should also learn how to play the V's blue track, as well as jump from I to V on a whim.

This lesson will teach you how to do that.

04:03

Module 8

Video version: Although it's typically recommended that you stay on the I Blues Track, you should also learn how to play the V's blue track, as well as jump from I to V on a whim.

This lesson will teach you how to do that.

00:21

Module 8

Thanks for watching! See you in the next module!

Section 10: Module 9 - (2/3) Major Blues Progression
07:16

Module 9

Welcome to this module! We will begin by listing the differences between the Dominant and Major Blues Progressions, as well as giving you the Blues Track for this Progression.

02:38

Module 9

Video version: This video introduces the Major Progression, as well as teaches you what to play over the I chord (1st scale degree's chord).

03:04

Module 9

Video version: This video gives further information about playing over the IV and V chords, as well as the turnarounds for major scales (don't get your hopes up too high; turnarounds aren't as crucial in the Major Progression)

00:31

Module 9

Thanks for watching! See you on Module 10, where we cover the Minor Blues Progression.

Section 11: Module 10 - (3/3) Minor Blues Progression

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Instructor Biography

Dan Amerson, Guitar Teacher, Professional Musician, Part-time Badass

Dan Amerson has been a guitarist since the age of 13. Ever since, he has been fascinated with music and refining his technique.

Since then, he's spread his talents in various ways; busking on the streets of Ottawa, playing in-home performances, teaching over Skype, selling Kindle books (search 'Dan Amerson' in Amazon).

A new instructor to Udemy, Dan is excited to spread his knowledge of the guitar to this progressive medium.

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