What scales to use on a E Blues?

Hi! I'm a begginer as a guitarrist and already memorized the Major and Minor Pentatonic shapes. I'm trying now to improvise my first Blues solo on E tune. The question is: must I use the E Major/Minor Pentatonic the whole solo, or must I change to A Penta Scale, when the rythm chord goes to A, and to B Penta Scale, when the rythm chord goes to B?

3 Answers


Hi There,

In a blues progression you can technically follow the chords and play the pentatonic/blues of that key, but I wouldn't do it the whole time. It tends to sound a little disjointed in my opinion. My general approach is to mentally always think I'm playing in the key of the song, but follow the chords by switching back and forth between the minor/blues scale and the major pentatonic. It's a little hard to explain, but I think once you try it you'll see what I mean. Just play around and see what works best for you. Generally speaking though you do want to follow the progression in one way or another, whether it's implicit by feel, or explicit by actually switching keys per chord as you mentioned.


Jul 15, 2016

Learn all 5 positions for pentatonic scales and move as freely as you can up and down and across the whole fretboard. DO NOT stick in one small pattern...open up the freeboard, don't lock it down. Hope this helps

Aug 20, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i7h5-PPHHk / for backing track of 'Blues in E' @ 90 bpm. The Chord Sequence shown is: E7 4 bars / A7 2 bars / E7 2 bars / B7 1 bar / A7 1 bar / E 7 1 bar / B7 1 bar. This is considered traditional format, however, it is the individual expression, that sets one apart from the other.

Oct 22, 2016

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