Joe Pass Blues

Introduction to Jazz Blues Guitar


Here are some typical Joe Pass phrases over a blues in G. In this example he mixes the minor and major pentatonic scales.



Joe Pass blues


The backing track:



Some remarks:

  • Bar 1-8: entirely in the G minor pentatonic scale.
  • Bar 3: chromatic approach of the 3 and b7 of G7.
  • Bar 7: chromatic approach of the b3 and b7 of Bm7.
  • Bar 8-10: mostly in the G major pentatonic scale.
  • Bar 11-12: G minor blues scale.


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  1. Bob harrisJan 30, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Joe Pass the real Boss I will really miss him The guitar man

    • Gene PierceFeb 1, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      Thank’s for that nice, swinging jazz blues solo, I have trouble with bar 4 in blues, most time I just play something some time it sound O.K. other times it’s bad. WHY?
      Your friend Gene Pierce

    • M.MILLERDec 19, 2014 at 6:18 pm


  2. Bill ThompsonJan 30, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    LOVE Joe Pass!!!

    I can’t wait to give this a spin tonight!

  3. WasteyeloJan 30, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    What a cracker. I’m having that lick over the 251. 😉

  4. BillJan 31, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Very Nice Dirk, I love your E-mails they have helped my style a great deal, Thanks!

  5. MingJan 31, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Cool. I love it. Keep posting!

  6. ThatsEarlBrotherJan 31, 2014 at 4:37 am

    That is some fine jazz dining.I was getting a little hungry for some Passta.This place is always a class act.E

  7. mississippiJan 31, 2014 at 4:40 am

    That was nice. Thanks.

  8. michel royJan 31, 2014 at 5:58 am

    I enjoy the Joe Pass lesson Joe is using G minor pentatonic in the turnaround of the blues I like that.

  9. DaveJan 31, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Thanks, I we will have to listen to my Joe Pass records again.

  10. geoff m3nzerJan 31, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Although the solo is described as being derived from various modes/scales,students should be aware that Joe Pass was a guy who played what he heard in his head.He would probably not be aware of these things,except perhaps if pointed out after the event by someone else.His practice was actually playing tunes at the gig,and never the same way twice.

    • DuaneJan 31, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Bingo Geoff! I have read (and heard in his playing) exactly that about Joe. I understand when Joe was a kid just learning the guitar, that his father (not a musician) told Joe to copy tunes off the radio and encouraged him to create fills and solos as many different ways he could.

  11. HansJan 31, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Hi Dirk, great solo. Working on it now.Could take a while to master it (Huh!)

  12. martialJan 31, 2014 at 9:00 am

    Dear Mr Laukens

    Thank you so much for your work ,your site is definitly n.1 on Blues and jazz guitar
    (my late dad was technical manager at the JAZZ a Juan summer festival in France for
    over 15 years)so i had the chance to meet with a lot of great artits,your feeling is
    true and your explanations are great.
    I m not pretty wealthy at the moment but i will support your site as soon as i can.
    Thanks again Martial

  13. IlanJan 31, 2014 at 10:30 am

    excellent stuff!! looking forward for the next posts.

  14. '57 ClassicJan 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Super! Just what I was looking for!

  15. Shawket SerriJan 31, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Thanks for the email .. Beautiful performance

  16. Paul DillonJan 31, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Wow, I haven’t done any of this sort of thing in ages but you have inspired me to have another go. Tonight the work begins! Thanks for this.

  17. JUANLU CASTILLAJan 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Simply Past. Just perfect.

  18. brincotJan 31, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you, it’s very usefull


  19. yannisJan 31, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    Cannot stop playing it in my mind.
    A big THANKS

  20. DarioJan 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Great phrasing, always loved Joe Pass, thanks Dirk!

  21. KJan 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Excellent lesson: nice selection, cogent analysis. Thanks for all your good efforts, Dirk!

  22. LarryJan 31, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Enjoy the format. Thanks for posting these very enjoyable works.

  23. GusJan 31, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Thanks a million, nice stuff.

  24. VaughanJan 31, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Thanks Dirk. This is a really ‘manageable’ piece for someone of my standard, and really great to have the backing track to play along with.

  25. LeBarbierJan 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I will give this a GO tonight! I can’t wait.

  26. MarcisoJan 31, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Great solo! I love JP, Thanks !

  27. John CurranJan 31, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Cool stuff Dirk, Thanks for posting.

  28. Steve BhowaneeJan 31, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Very cool Dirk, will try it right now. Thanks a lot for the lick.

  29. Pat CroninJan 31, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    This is a great treat! Thankyou

  30. PedroFeb 1, 2014 at 2:22 am

    Thank you very much for sharing this, it’s a great lick!

  31. Joseph TuccilloFeb 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm


    Thanks for posting this interesting Solo, the solo goes well with “Further Up On The Road” I changed the timing and tweaked the sound a little. It adds to my arsenal of blues licks. Thanks again!

  32. barry baileyFeb 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Joe pass is one my favorite
    Players this is a great post

  33. MIKE MARVINOFeb 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Nice line I think Joe pass played this with his eyes closed. lol

  34. kevin careyFeb 1, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    This is a wonderful site, I keep trying to make use of it, and support it but always get caught up in other things demanding my time and forget about it. The e-mails remind me of what I should really be doing, learning more guitar….please keep sending them to me. I intend to make an effort to support the sites I make use of in the near future Thanks kevin c

  35. New_333Feb 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I like ur site

  36. shamimulFeb 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    thanks sir. i like ur site.thanks.keep it up.

  37. saintrezoFeb 3, 2014 at 4:35 am

    thankyou very much remind me some old stuff in band in box..thanks again.

  38. MartinFeb 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Great lesson. But the tab ending and the mp3 ending doesnt match each other? Or are my ears just wrong?

    • Dirk LaukensFeb 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks Martin, I’m afraid your ears are wrong, just listened again, the tabs match.

  39. Robby CFeb 14, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    These are superb lessons thanks.

  40. Simon ChildsFeb 24, 2014 at 2:18 am

    Thanks for this I cannot wait to get stuck in and master this one having recently posted my first Jazz recording on sound cloud in the style of Joe Pass.

    I as still a beginner at this but this has once again given me something to aspire to.

  41. khaled tawfiqFeb 26, 2014 at 4:23 am

    I am learning sooo much with this :).. thanx

  42. DanielFeb 26, 2014 at 4:52 am

    Pretty nice sound. I love it.

  43. gerhard gereFeb 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks,this is my favorite jazz guitarist. I like his scales…

  44. MacrinoJun 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Very good, thank u Dirk.

  45. KyryllJun 18, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I stumbled upon his video lesson of Blues Guitar and was amazen. The man seems to have little at first but when he starts explaining its almost like he forms your thoughts together. A very good teacher. Influenced my love for Blues further.

  46. Vic ukMay 19, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for your sample e-mails,
    They have opened up a new world of
    jazz improvisation to an old rocker like me.

  47. davidJul 26, 2015 at 10:35 pm

    Nice shame i cant hear it soundcloud does not work and cannot get any help – is there an alternative?

    • Dirk LaukensJul 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      Hi David, if you can’t see Soundcloud, you probably have a problem with Flash on your machine. Just download Adobe’s latest Flash player and you are good to go.

  48. albanblueJan 31, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Hi,the sound doesn’t work longuer

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