Ukulele Webcam Sessions (Matt) – How to do Blues Solos for Ukulele

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  • Matt,

    Great lesson. How do you know those notes are in the key of A?

    • Hey Ally!

      To figure out the notes in a certain key requires a bit of music theory (check out the UUU class on Blues for more information). But basically, the steps to finding the notes of a blues scale are:

      1) Take the minor scale of the key. In this case, the A minor scale is A, B, C, D, E, F, G
      2) Take notes 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the minor scale to get the minor pentatonic scale. In this case, the notes A, C, D, E, G (which is the A minor pentatonic scale)
      3) Fill in a note between the third and fourth notes of the minor pentatonic scale. In this case, you would get: A, C, D, Eb, E, G

      You can do this with any key – just find the minor pentatonic scale of that key and add a note between the 3rd and 4th notes of the scale. Hope that helps! Be sure to check out the entire Ukulele Blues class on UUU and if you have any questions, let us know!

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

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