Special Fiddle Jam Club bonus lesson! Cool Fingering trick turns major scales into blues!

Here’s a quick video I did after realizing a super simple cool little fingering trick you can do to convert the G, D, or A major scales into their respective blues scales, just by sliding your hand up a 1/2 step!  Member Bill Ferguson (lazydog) helped in the inspiration while at a private mandolin lesson with me (He’s now calling this the “Ferguson Method” ;~).

Bill just made the simple mistake of having his hand positioned one fret (one half-step) up while doing a major scale improv with me, and we both realized that it sounded pretty cool… by accident!  Why?  I explained that the blues scale in 2nd position, has a nearly identical fingering (see the video) as your standard major scale fingerings in the keys of G, D, & A! …the cool part is that, though I do this little trick all the time when I personally am jamming, I never thought of explaining or teaching it this easy way before!  Thanks lazydog!  I hope you enjoy and find this method useful!

Here’s a fingering chart for the D version: You can do this same trick in the key of G or A too by just moving this fingering up or down one set of strings.

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Happy jamming,

Fitz

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One Response to Special Fiddle Jam Club bonus lesson! Cool Fingering trick turns major scales into blues!

  1. Jesus Fernandez January 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Great Trick!

    Thank you

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