Watch the Minor Swingin' 1 online guitar lesson by David Blacker from West Coast Blues

A great way to break out of playing within the standard pentatonic blues-box positions is to begin building licks based on chord and arpeggio shapes. This approach can open your ears to new chord tones not available when relying solely on the pentatonic scale. Becoming familiar with the 6, 9 and natural 7 using this approach delivers a new world of possibilities.