Minor Pentatonic Sequences - #1

This is the first in a series of lessons designed to help you use your Minor Pentatonic scale patterns better. All links are to Guitar Tutor examples of the lessons exercises.


We will start out with the most common minor pentatonic pattern, which I call pattern #2 (See Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns for all of the patterns.) First, you must learn this scale pattern.

Minor Pentatonic
Scale Pattern #2

For now, let's practice this pattern in the key of A minor. To do this, we shall play the pattern with our first finger starting on the fifth fret. (The pattern gets its name from the note played by the first finger on the sixth string. Use the Fretboard Module in the Tonart Guitar Tutor to learn the names of these notes.)  

Now, since there are 12 notes in this scale, let's number them from 1 to 12 starting on the root note.


Three Note Sequence
To create a 3-note sequence, let's take the scale that we just numbered from 1 to 12. To create the sequence, we start on 1 and play the first three notes of the scale, 1-2-3. Then, beginning on 2, play 2-3-4. Then we play 3-4-5, 4-5-6, 5-6-7, and so on. Hopefully, the pattern is obvious. Below is the TAB for part of this sequence.


Minor Pentatonic Pattern #2, 3-Note Sequence, Ascending
All Tablature created in the Tonart Guitar Tutor

You should practice this exercise both ascending and descending.


Four Note Sequence
To create the sequence, we start on 1 and play the first four notes of the scale, 1-2-3-4. Then, beginning on 2, play 2-3-4-5. Then we play 3-4-5-6, 4-5-6-7, 5-6-7-8, and so on. Obviously, this is nearly the same as the three note sequence except we use four. Below is the TAB for part of this sequence.


Minor Pentatonic Pattern #2, 4-Note Sequence, Ascending
All Tablature created in the Tonart Guitar Tutor

You should practice this exercise both ascending and descending.


How to Practice the Sequences
Start off slowly. Learn the sequence and practice it slowly and flawlessly for several days before trying to pick up speed. Your first goal for anything that you practice should always be accuracy.

Once you get these sequences down, begin practicing them in the other pentatonic patterns. You can download those from here:
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #1
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #3
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #4
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #5


Next Lesson: Connecting Scale Patterns

Minor Pentatonic Sequences - #1

This is the first in a series of lessons designed to help you use your Minor Pentatonic scale patterns better. All links are to Guitar Tutor examples of the lessons exercises.


We will start out with the most common minor pentatonic pattern, which I call pattern #2 (See Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns for all of the patterns.) First, you must learn this scale pattern.

Minor Pentatonic
Scale Pattern #2

For now, let's practice this pattern in the key of A minor. To do this, we shall play the pattern with our first finger starting on the fifth fret. (The pattern gets its name from the note played by the first finger on the sixth string. Use the Fretboard Module in the Tonart Guitar Tutor to learn the names of these notes.)  

Now, since there are 12 notes in this scale, let's number them from 1 to 12 starting on the root note.


Three Note Sequence
To create a 3-note sequence, let's take the scale that we just numbered from 1 to 12. To create the sequence, we start on 1 and play the first three notes of the scale, 1-2-3. Then, beginning on 2, play 2-3-4. Then we play 3-4-5, 4-5-6, 5-6-7, and so on. Hopefully, the pattern is obvious. Below is the TAB for part of this sequence.


Minor Pentatonic Pattern #2, 3-Note Sequence, Ascending
All Tablature created in the Tonart Guitar Tutor

You should practice this exercise both ascending and descending.


Four Note Sequence
To create the sequence, we start on 1 and play the first four notes of the scale, 1-2-3-4. Then, beginning on 2, play 2-3-4-5. Then we play 3-4-5-6, 4-5-6-7, 5-6-7-8, and so on. Obviously, this is nearly the same as the three note sequence except we use four. Below is the TAB for part of this sequence.


Minor Pentatonic Pattern #2, 4-Note Sequence, Ascending
All Tablature created in the Tonart Guitar Tutor

You should practice this exercise both ascending and descending.


How to Practice the Sequences
Start off slowly. Learn the sequence and practice it slowly and flawlessly for several days before trying to pick up speed. Your first goal for anything that you practice should always be accuracy.

Once you get these sequences down, begin practicing them in the other pentatonic patterns. You can download those from here:
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #1
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #3
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #4
Minor Pentatonic Pattern #5


Next Lesson: Connecting Scale Patterns

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