I am fairly new to playing the guitar now backed with some theory. I was exercising the A Blues Major scale for a while now and had some very cool insights. The latest is the assumption that the A Blues Major and the A Blues Minor meet at some point.

This is the A Blues Minor Scale in the mode of the 5th fred.

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It is the same pattern as the A Blues Major I learned when being in the box of 2nd to 5th fred.

Is this some kind of pivot point to give me a way to switch to another scale?

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    Yep. It's very handy to to be able to play this shape in the fifth position for minor/blues and in the second position for a more major/country sound. Not sure what you mean by 'pivot point'. since one can just move to another scale at will.
    – PeterJ
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 11:24
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    What you've shown are Am blues and Cmaj blues notes. They're relative to each other, there's no pivot point here, but if you take the whole pattern down 3 frets, you're at the A maj blues spot. Pivot point, 'A', surprisingly!
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 11:39
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    ... and then they both go into a bar... Commented Feb 6, 2019 at 13:37

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They meet because they are the same "scale", just different modes. If you're not familiar with modes you might want to explore that. But put simply, both have the same notes they just start on different notes. For example, A natural minor (A B C D E F G) is just the aeolian mode of C major (C D E F G A B).

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