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Watch the Blues Connections: Major online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Blues Connections: Major

Hi, I'm Jason Loughlin and welcome to Blues Connections: Major. A lot of players shy away from the major pentatonic when soloing over a blues because it forces the player to actually "play the changes", meaning you have to be aware of what chord you're playing over and choose a corresponding scale and arpeggio to match. This can be overwhelming for players who have only improvised with one minor pentatonic and/or a blues scale for the entire tune. The blues scale sounds great, but by not being able to target chord changes you're limiting yourself to painting with one color.

This course lays out a system for learning how to play changes that will bring a whole new depth to your lead playing by focusing on building a language, not just connecting licks. We'll achieve this by doing a few things: Knowing our major pentatonic scales in all five positions and in multiple keys, voice leading the major pentatonics into each other, targeting chord tones, and using some basic improvisational devices to shape powerful solos.

The course is divided into five section. Section 1 will cover the basics of the major pentatonic. We'll learn how to build it on single strings, all five positions, and look at how to voice lead the scales over a three chord progression. Section 2 will walk us through the major pentatonic with common passing tones like the b3 and b7. We'll also learn how to apply these notes to our five modes and how to voice lead them over a three chord progression. Section 3 is called "Highways", in which we'll learn the sliding major pentatonic and this scale along with the single string scales to help us connect positions and move across the neck. Section 4 is dedicated to improvisational concepts; we'll discuss how to really develop motifs to get the most music out of the simplest ideas. In our last section, we'll work through six solos together. Five of which will be dedicated to five position on the guitar and one solo that connect the positions.

We've included all the backing tracks, notation, and tab for all the examples. Let's get started!