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How to Play a Pattern 2 Blues Scale on Bass Guitar

Learn how to play a pattern two blues scale on the bass guitar from musician John Sutton in this online guitar lesson from Howcast.

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When we play the blues scale, we want it to come off naturally, we want it to come off relaxed, and we want it to make it sound like we really mean it. We don't want to approach it like a scale, and when each note is exactly the same, and where each note is laid out boring, but we do need to learn it. I am playing in the key of A minor, so we are going to play in the key of A minor pentatonic scale with one extra note. Which makes it the blues scale. We are going to start on "A", which is the fifth fret of the E string. Now "C", the third fret of the A string, then "D", fifth fret of the A string, "E" at the seventh fret of the A string, "G" on the fifth fret of the D string, and "A" on the seventh fret of the D string. When we have all of this together, we can make it sound like a vocal gesture and we can make it sound like we are singing the blues, and that is what we are after.

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