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Learn the major and minor pentatonic scales, their patterns, when to use them, and why they’re the scale shortcut. Want to play the Blues? Learn the Pentatonic scale. It is really easy & fun to play on the Guitar. Watch the video and practice the 5 patterns to. The pentatonic scale is one of the most commonly used in all styles of music. Here’s a lesson that walks guitarists through learning to play the.

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Try to visualize the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson. Try and speed it up, gradually making it faster.

Pentatonic Scales

I just told you that you can use the same patterns, but the difference is where they start. The box patterns are moveable patterns and not showing a specific fretboard location, though I can see why you were confused.

By far the best only? The reason we learn scales is that they are groups of notes that sound really good together that we can use to make up solos as in lead guitar and melodies. It’s my thanks to you for being part of the Guitar Lesson World community. You can find some licks in my Licks, Riffs, and Tricks section. Another way to form the scale is in parallel, using the same root note rather than the relative minor.

A minor pentatonic We are going to learn the scale in the key of A, so, the A minor pentatonic scale. The more observant of you might notice that some of the extra notes are similar to those we used in our Blues Hybrid Scale ; Good fun playing with this one it’s the same as Pattern 2 of the Minor Pentatonic, but we’ve not checked that out yet!

In my opinion, it is important that you know the sequence and how to find notes relative to the root note, such as which note is the 5th note of the scale. So spend a bit of time with it and get it right.


So one of the things that you need to check out is what notes sound cool over what chords – and you do that by listening. Once you know the five major pentatonic scale shapes, you automatically know the five minor pentatonic scale shapes.

Minor Pentatonic Scale |

When you learn it play it very slowly and get every note sounding clear. If you fill this in, you will be marked as a spammer. This part is important! The root note can be on an open string. Content tailored to you. It just adds one note. Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit.

In this case, the minor pentatonic scale contains the minor seventh, so that note sounds great. Yes, you can, but you should be mindful of the notes you are playing. If you know your relative minor scales, A is the relative minor of C. It’s a little strange to get used to at first, because the patterns are the same as for the Minor Pentatonic, but the root note is different!! I hope you enjoy my free lessons and materials.

We are going to learn the scale in the key of A, so, the A minor pentatonic scale. We’ll get to that later on. This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience. Thank you for the question. You’re already subscribed to the GLW newsletter.

The first note of the e form box pattern in the diagram is being played on the first fret on the e string, but this is an f e. The last scale shape begins with your fourth finger on the 15th fret. I really do recommend learning to use a pick as well for this kind of thing, but if you really don’t get along with them then you’ll have to experiment a bit.


To start with I suggest you learn the first and third positions thoroughly, because that chirarra you a good mid-range and high tone options for lead blues playing which can transpose up okay a few keys without getting too far up the neck.

The single-octave patterns can be linked to produce two diagonal patterns, each repeated three times.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

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One Minute Changes Stage 7. The E minor box form is the same as the G Major box form. The 9 is also called the 2nd. The scale shape can be played on any fret, and the scale gets its name from the note under the R root note. I highly recommend that you check out my 12 bar blues lesson pentatonicbe start improvising.

G-form Box Single-Octave Box Patterns Another method of learning the pentatonic scake patterns is to use single octave patterns. This just takes practice, you just learn to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords.

Major Pentatonic Scale |

So you know to place the root here at the 5th fret to be playing the A Major Pentatonic Scale. There is a sacle pentatonic scale and a minor pentatonic scale. Donations are greatly appreciated: A great thing to do is play a minor pentatonic lick – then move it down 3 frets it will be then the major pentatonic, and listen to the difference!!

In other words, if you ppentatoniche this chord, it implies that you should play the minor pentatonic scale since it has a minor third. To form the scales in parallel, you can take the major scale and use the formulas in the table below.