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[Strategy #1] Crushing a Minor Blues with Minor Pentatonics

Welcome to episode 239 of the LJS Podcast where today we kick off “Minor Blues Month” on the podcast! We’ll be uncovering 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues and then my master practice plan for dominating a minor blues. Today is Strategy #1: Minor Pentatonics and “Blues Scales.”

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October 2020 is Minor Blues Month here on the LJS podcast where I will be going over 3 strategies for improvising over a minor blues followed by the final episode 4 of the series where I’m going to give you my plan for mastering a minor blues.

Now today’s episode is strategy number 1 where we’re going to talk about using the minor pentatonic and the blues scale.

What’s going to be fun about this series is each strategy is going to go over something new. A new kind of approach to the minor blues but I’m going to be composing a solo, it’s a 12-bar minor blues solo today on this show, only using those tools.

And in the next episode, I’m going to be taking that exact same solo but changing it and morphing it up a little bit to add the new strategy. And in the next episode, strategy number 3, adding more to the solo to start developing it and making it more complex.

In this episode:

1. Minor Blues Month and what you will learn

2. The chords to a basic minor blues form

3. How to play minor pentatonics and the “blues” scale

4. I compose a solo using these scales on a minor blues

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Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. That was great Brent!
    Really glad you’re putting the spotlight full on the minor blues for the next few weeks…I really need a minor blues hit now and then and it was really engaging to listen to your composition/improv unfold…
    Great strategy to use the same backing track each week but with a new minor blues appropriate direction.
    Wil be eager to hear that next week.
    Many thanks.

  2. sometimes I find that the sharp 4 is a little more than a passing tone, not to take anything away from what you’re saying, but I do use the , so called blue note, in jamming and improvisation


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