We develop the basic five-note pentatonic scales with 'in-between' semitones - "chromatic passing tones".
Here's how to find the first one - sharp four/flat five in the A pentatonic minor scale.
So the new note - the sharp four/flat five chromatic passing tone - is literally half-way up the scale, right in between the two identical hand positions.
Next, we want to play the new six-note pentatonic scale with one hand.
But what's music without rhythm? No good at all...!
We only need to find the two bass notes from the One-Octave Blues (tonic and m7) and we can start building a 12-bar straight away.
The difficulty in a 12-bar is always jumping between positions. Here you practice the alternating A minor and D minor positions.
Here are the last four bars of a classic 12-bar chord sequence: the riff in E minor, D minor and A minor. This is where the most changes of position take place.
But in fact we're not going to play a pure 'formula' version; we're going to change the last part, just as we did in the One-Octave Blues.
And here's your first performance of the Mix'n'Match Blues.
Get that performance good and 'secure' before going on to Page Two.
The Pentatonic Scales
Melody Work and
Playing by Ear
and Diaries -