Learn 5 powerful blues licks for minor pentatonic scale soloing right now…and start playing better blues solos today. With these 5 licks in your minor pentatonic scale soloing trick bag you’ll soon be playing more authentic and better sounding blues guitar solos. Why? Because the minor pentatonic scale is the basis of most blues guitar soloing! So the more minor pentatonic scale blues licks you know and can use..the better your blues solos are likely to be.
You’ll hear your favourite blues guitar players use ideas like these in their minor pentatonic scale blues licks library. And that’s exactly where these licks have come from. I’ve taken them from blues guitar legends like Eric Clapton, BB King, Albert King Stevie Ray Vaughan and other blues legends. All these players used the minor pentatonic scale most of the time in their playing and all use pentatonic licks exactly like these. So let’s jump in and boost your knowledge of blues guitar soloing with 5 great examples of blues licks for minor pentatonic scale soloing!
0:30 All these licks will work over a 12 bar blues in the key of A and are taken from the A minor pentatonic scale played at the 5th fret. Here’s the minor pentatonic scale shape just in case you need a reminder.
0:50 Blues lick 1 from the minor pentatonic scale shows you the classic blues ‘intro’ lick. It works great for starting a blues solo…but also works at most points in the chord sequence so experiment!
Practice these blues licks for minor pentatonic over the same backing track as me here: https://youtu.be/n-WEY_Mgblw
2:45 Lick 2 shows you a nandy repeating blues lick from the minor pentatonic scale. Notice how cool it sounds if you loop it round or round. The lick finishes with a cool Albert King style idea moving across the strings.
5:10 Blues lick 3 shows you a classic blues bending idea. Follow the fingering suggestions and practice this lick over the backing track provided.
6:36 These minor pentatonic scale blues licks are using lots of repetition. This is a crucial device to use to give your blues licks and solos structure and logic…so practice using it in your solos till it becomes a habit!
6:50 Minor pentatonic blues lick 4 uses more repetition. It also makes use of a handy blues bend on the high E string. Push this one…it takes some effort to hit the right note with the bend!
8:25 The last of our blues licks from the minor pentatonic scale uses a mixture of bends and pull offs to get a classic blues phrase.
10:30 What next? Now you know some blues licks for minor pentatonic soloing what should you do? Follow this suggestion…it will work wonders for your blues soloing skills.
I hope these blues licks give you some ideas for using the minor pentatonic scale in your blues soloing. Have the confidence to create some minor pentatonic scale blues licks of your own. With these examples as a starting point, it might be easier than you think. Have fun and catch you next time!