Muscle Memory

by Gordon Tees
Instruction and guitar tab

Here is a really cool twist on a standard A minor blues scale. It’s always nice to find a new approach. Especially when it is derived from something most of us think we have explored to the fullest like the blues scale. Make sure your thumb is planted in the middle or lower part of the guitar neck so you can reach the wider intervals. Once you have completed the scale forwards as shown here go backwards as well. This will help you get some “muscle memory” going. Do this several times before moving to the next exercise.

E—————————————————————————-11–12–15—————–
B—————————————————————10–13–15——————————
G—————————————————8–9–12——————————————–
D—————————————7–10–12——————————————————-
A—————————6–7–10——————————————————————–
E—————–5–8–10——————————————————————————-

Try this chop once you have familiarized your self with the scale.

(T) Tap (right hand index or middle finger)
(P) Pull off
(H) Hammer on
(B) Bend

H H T P P P H H T P P P H H T P P P
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^
E——11–12–15–17–15–12–11–12–15–17–15–12–11–12–15–17–15–12–11——
B———————————————————————————————————
G———————————————————————————————————
D———————————————————————————————————
A———————————————————————————————————
E———————————————————————————————————

(Cont’d)

H H T P P P
^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ B full T B full T
E—–12–15–17–15–12–11—-^——^—-^—–^—-
B———————————–(15)—-20—(15)–18—
G—————————————————————
D—————————————————————
A—————————————————————
E—————————————————————

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