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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In other words, if you see this chord, it implies that you should play the minor pentatonic scale since it has a minor third.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

Yay, keep me informed! The D7 cord contains the note C, so the C Sharp really clashes with it, and not pentatonich a cool way. In the key of C, you would play the C Major pentatonic scale or the A minor pentatonic scale. When you get to bpm, cut it down and do two picks for each metronome click at 80bpm and slowly work up the pentatonichw.

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!!

Pentatonic Scales

The two combine to provide a pattern with a root on each string. This track is basically just four measures sfale the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord.


The 9 chtarra also called the 2nd. You can use all the same shapes you’ve already learned for the G major pentatonic scale. It’s really up to you. This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience. The root note can be on an open string. Using the same approach, here is an even better trick.

This position is related to a C major chord shape. This one is really commonly used by country guys and the early blues players like Chuck Berry. In practice, many people include it.

The box patterns are moveable patterns and not showing a specific fretboard location, though I can see why you were confused. Take a look at these two popular pentatonic box patterns. There is such a thing as thumb pick too which many fingerstyle players use that works like a pick check out Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel. That leaves us with an E minor pentatonic scale: You can move the pattern around too.

Try to svale the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson. They are also great for developing your technique for playing single notes, pfntatoniche they are an important part of your development as a guitar player. Check that your fingers are not lifting far off the fingerboard. Not-filled-in notes are the other notes of the scale.

Listen to how the scale shapes sound different over each chord. To start with I suggest you learn the first and third positions thoroughly, because that gives 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. To do that, I need you to let me know how I can improve.


As always, technique first and let speed develop naturally. This just takes practice, you just learn to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords.

For example, if you use the C Major Pentatonic Scale, the matching minor pentatonic scale is the A minor pentatonic scale. G-form Box Single-Octave Pentatoncihe Patterns Another method of learning the pentatonic box patterns is to use single octave patterns.

The pattern is simple to remember. If you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix, you know that he likes to play a Dominant7 9 pentatonoche. The pentatonic scale is a five note scale.

Cancel comment Leave a comment Cancel Name. I highly recommend that you check out my 12 bar blues lesson to start improvising. That’s the root note, and as with power chords, where you oentatoniche that note decides the name of the scale.