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

Hi, I'm Jason Loughlin and welcome to Blues Connections: Minor. For most guitar players their introduction to improvisation is through using the minor pentatonic scale. One of the benefits of this scale is that it sounds good over a minor blues, major blues and good amount of rock progressions. Unfortunately, too many guitarist never take the next steps and actually learn how to play over changes with it. In other words, being able to use the corresponding scale to the chord you are playing over.

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 minor pentatonic scales in all five positions and in multiple keys, voice leading the minor pentatonics into each other, connecting our positions, minor chord arpeggios and targeting their extensions, converting the minor pentatonic into a blues scale and using improvisational devices to shape powerful solos.

The course is divided into six sections. Section 1 will cover the basics of the minor pentatonic. We'll learn how to build it on single strings, all five modes, and look at how to voice lead the scales over a three chord progression. Section 2 will walk us through improvisational concepts that will help us make music out of our scales. Section 3 we teach how to put these ideas together through learning five solo studies. We'll learn a solo for each position of the minor pentatonic. Section 4 will show you how to convert the modes of the minor pentatonic into the modes of the blues scale by adding one simple passing tone. Section 5 is called "Highways", in which we'll review the minor pentatonic on single string scales to help us connect positions and move across the neck. We'll learn a solo that connects the positions and incorporates the blues scale. Section 6 will target the extensions of the chords we're playing over. We'll use the 9th and 6th to add some unique color to our solos. I've included all the backing tracks, notation, and tab for all the examples. Let's get started!