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Now let's talk about how you can change the key of the blues scale pattern, and once again try improvising with it.

The note that we start on here in the 5th fret of the low E string is an A note, and that means this is an A minor blues scale. Often we just say blues scale but A minor blues scale is harder to misunderstand!

If we want to play this scale in any key, we just have to find the root note of the key, here on the low E string. Let's say for example we wanted to play a G minor blues scale. Then we'd have to find a G on the low E string. Maybe you're already starting to remember where there's a G, but if you don't you could find it by counting up from the open E string.

Let's try another example and say we wanna play it in C. Then we'd have to find the C note here on the low E string. Maybe you already know it, and if not you could find it for example by counting up from A.

Now let's try improvising with our C minor blues scale, and it'll be exactly the same as before. Keep trying some stuff and don't be afraid!

If you have the extra mental capacity for it, try to play with the extra tension from the blues notes. Think of the notes of the pentatonic scale like the good guys in the story and the new notes are the bad guys causing tension in the story.

I hope this tutorial has given you a good handle on the minor blues scale. I also hope that the concept of improvisation is starting to make sense to you, even if we are in the very early stages of a huge topic. Some people love to improvise and others prefer to plan out what they're going to play, and that's okay too. But regardless of where you eventually end up, I highly encourage you to fearlessly try it out in these lessons.

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