Learn this simple and melodic blues solo to see how much impact you can have with just five notes! Lesson includes printable tab, Guitar Pro file and MP3 backing track.
A rather minimalist approach to soloing over E7-A7-B7 is to use only E minor pentatonic for the whole time. Limiting ourselves to five notes for three chords in three different keys is actually a bit challenging. We’ll examine the context of each note of this scale against each of the three chords.
- E-1 (root/chord tone-stable)
- G- b3 (clash-blue note)
- A -4 (unstable-wants to resolve to natural 3 or 5)
- B-5 (chord tone-stable)
- D-b7 (chord tone- wants to resolve to 5 or 8)
The root note, E, will always sound like a solid resting or ending place. The b3, G, will sound very sour and is called a “blue” note. We can bend it upward toward a natural 3. The 4 is unstable and often bent up to 5 or partially resolved to b3. The 5 can be bent up to b7 and released. The b7 is a chord tone, but has an unsettled sound. It’s often bent up to the root, or resolved down to 5.
- E- 5 (chord tone, stable)
- G- b7 (chord tone- wants to resolve to 5 or 8)
- A- 1 (root/chord tone-stable)
- B- 2 or 9 (unstable)
- D- 4 (unstable)
- E- 4 (unstable)
- G- b6 -AVOID – WILL SOUND AWFUL
- A- b7
- B- 1 (root)
- D- b3