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Blues Scales: The Most Important Note In A Scale

In the last lesson, we covered how to play the ultimate blues solo scale. If you need a refresher, you can check it out here.

In today's lesson we're going to take a look at the most important note in any guitar scale - the tonic. The tonic is the anchor point that you can use to transpose that scale pattern into any key you choose... talk about powerful! That note also happens to be the single best choice for starting or ending a solo. In our ultimate blues solo scale, the tonic shows up three times, so you'd do well to learn each of the positions and practice ending at each one.

Below you'll find the tab again for this scale. If you've got questions or comments, I'd love to see them at the bottom of the page!

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David Bacon Reply

Hey Colin there you go again. Every time I see you, you open a new door for me. Wish there was a way I could get a package of lessons from ya, but I learn so much this way. Figuring the inbetweens out for myself.

Mark Miller Reply

I like a little vodka with my tonic. 🙂

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Don Tittle Reply

You make it look so easy Colin. You even have it written out. So it’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice, right. So as you say, GET ON IT, right!

Phil Insydney Reply

let me get this straight… the tonic is what is often referred to as the root ?

Charles McCluskey Reply

Tonic not necessarily the root note, correct?

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