Watch the Breakdown 2 online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Slow Blues Power

Over the IV (four) chord, I move back into riffs based on F major pentatonic; this is a very effective technique because most of the notes of F major pentatonic (F G A C D) are also found in Bb major pentatonic (Bb C D F G). In that way, the scale accommodates both chords very well, especially when revolving around the most solid common tone, F, as I do here. As we had done over the key of E in our last example, alternating between major and minor pentatonic is a great way to create effective, melodic solos; the technique works especially well when playing a slow blues, because the slow tempo offers players more room to stretch out with improvised ideas.