Yeaaaaah, the blues scale, everyone knows that! Here it is, our old pentatonic friend in the key of A minor:
There it is, just the way it's shown in a million tutor books and videos and you know what? That's a load of horse shit. No one in their right mind plays it that way. Look at this ...
That's exactly the same notes (and a few extra ones) but instead of playing across making those three-fret jumps, we're playing up the neck and all the notes here are one or two frets apart. Easier? Considerably.
Tip: start with your third finger on the 5th fret of the low E string and slide up to change position.