When I began to play in fourths tuning, many moons ago now, one of my major concerns was whether I’d still be able to play to a convincing blues solo without the nuances of standard tuning. If you’ve already tried to transfer your blues repertoire to fourths tuning, you’ll know that most blues licks can be reproduced but some do fall by the wayside. I was a little disoriented at first but in order to truly embrace fourths tuning, we need to look at new ideas which is how I came up with what is now my go-to blues box.
This is an excerpt from, 'Fourths Tuning: Scales and Arpeggios', which looks extensively at scale systems in fourths tuning from a number of different perspectives. In this section, we look at how the minor pentatonic scale transitions to fourths tuning.
The usefulness of pentatonic scales can’t be denied, especially the minor pentatonic, and it’s a good place to start in fourths tuning if you’re fond of those patterns from standard tuning. I must admit, I do still think of the minor pentatonic scale as a pattern in fourths, but I know what intervals I’m playing and how to play through the patterns, rather than within the confines of them.