Hey UUers!

On this episode of Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt talks about how to solo and create improvisations over Blues using the concept of "pockets." Check out the link above and try it out for yourself! Have a great week & keep strummin'

Aloha,
-UU Staff

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  1. Matt,

    Thanks for expanding on a topic I was familiar with but haven’t played with much.

    What you’re doing looks like the BB King Blues Box: Using the shape of a Gm7 I can play the scale while never lifting my index and middle finger. The Gm7 forms the top of the box baring the E and A string. My middle finger forms the side of the box on the C string. My ring finger and pinky finger can form and play the bottom of the box 2 frets below my index finger on both the E and A string and the hot spot 3 frets below my index finger on the A string. Using the Gm7 shape I don’t need to move around as much as you are in the video.

    To answer allyjo’s question: The key of the Blues Box is determined by the note your index finger is placed on while on the A string. Example 3rd fret is key of C. 5th fret would be key of D. The relative minor scale is the bottom of the box on the E string. Example if index finger is on 3rd fret in key of C then ring finger hits bottom of box 5th fret of E string for the relative minor key of A. If index finger is on 5th fret key of D then E string 7th fret (bottom of box) would be a B for the relative minor key.

    I will play around with this

    1. 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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