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Dave T Modal thinking in Blues (5) RE: Modal thinking in Blues 15 Oct 98


All those combinations mentioned are common. Many blues tunes are written in a minor key. The minor pentatonic scale is widely used for improvising in blues. T-Bone Walker made it famous. A common technique is to bend the fourth a half tone. For example in an A minor the following notes would work: A B C D D# where the D# is played by bending the D up a half tone. I'm not sure about microtones though. I guess that vibrato (by rapidly bending and relaxing the string) uses microtones, but they're not held for any duration except in slide playing as far as I know. Like many others, I tend to play what sounds right to my ear, but I'm intrerested in what others have to say.

Dave T


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