Pentatonics I

Learning the Minor Pentatonic Scale

The most common scale pattern used in rock and country music is what I call the second pattern of the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Practice the following scale pattern. You should try to play the scale from memory as soon as possible. The only way that scales can become useful is if you get so good at them that you don't have to think at all to play them.

It is important to begin using the scale in a number of different ways. One very useful tool to use when practicing scales is to use something called a sequence. A sequence of notes is very similar to a sequence of numbers. For example, if I were to write the following groups of numbers: 123,234,345 the next group of numbers would be what?       

Try this one 654,543,,

Below is an example of a 3-string sequence. This should make the scale easier to use once you begin mastering exercises like this and the following one.

3 String Sequence This is an example of a string-based sequence. This works well on guitar and is a great way to practice new scales and arpeggios.

3 Note Sequence This is an example of a sequence based on notes rather than strings. This is much more common than a string-based sequence

Pentatonics I

Learning the Minor Pentatonic Scale

The most common scale pattern used in rock and country music is what I call the second pattern of the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Practice the following scale pattern. You should try to play the scale from memory as soon as possible. The only way that scales can become useful is if you get so good at them that you don't have to think at all to play them.

It is important to begin using the scale in a number of different ways. One very useful tool to use when practicing scales is to use something called a sequence. A sequence of notes is very similar to a sequence of numbers. For example, if I were to write the following groups of numbers: 123,234,345 the next group of numbers would be what?       

Try this one 654,543,,

Below is an example of a 3-string sequence. This should make the scale easier to use once you begin mastering exercises like this and the following one.

3 String Sequence This is an example of a string-based sequence. This works well on guitar and is a great way to practice new scales and arpeggios.

3 Note Sequence This is an example of a sequence based on notes rather than strings. This is much more common than a string-based sequence


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