I’ve had a couple of requests from people wanting to know how to play a Blues scale in D. I purchased some new software today, (that’s right, a guitarist who purchases guitar software).
I’ve decided to change the fingering a little to help players get out of the normal patterns and allow a few open strings to ring out. Put it this way, if you want to do normal fingering, just stay in normal tuning; open tuning is about expanding as a guitar player.
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This is a Minor Blues scale (note the Flat 3 note, the F natural) , it also has a flattened 5th note which gives it that BLUE sound as well, yes it clashes sometimes with other notes, it’s about tension ……………..and………….release.
Use it against a standard blues pattern in D. As you may know the foundation chords would be D, G and A or A7th.
I thought very carefully about the fingering, I was going to write in the fingering but I thought, why not offer a challenge. My first fretted note would be with my 1st finger on the 3rd fret.
Good luck…plenty to follow on this topic.