Learn 5 classic jazz pentatonic scale patterns that you can apply to any As many guitarists begin playing rock, blues and pop music before. The scale we’re about to learn is used loads in country, blues and rock. It’s a little strange to get used to at first, because the patterns are the same as for the Mi.

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Learn the first and third positions thoroughly, because that gives you a good mid-range and high tone options for lead blues playing.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key: 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

The only difference is the location of the root notes, which have changed from all the G notes to all the E notes. The pattern is simple to remember.

Don’t feel like you need to do this with all five scale shapes at once. It comes from the major scalewhich is a seven note scale. For the fourth scale shape you’ll start with your second finger on the 10th fret.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes

You will often find that you can use a minor pentatonic lick but you just have to adapt it a little, maybe starting or finishing on a different note. The Pentatonic scale is about as straightforward a scale as you can get. Once you know the five major pentatonic scale shapes, you automatically know the five minor pentatonic scale shapes. In this case, it’s an E major chord shape. You remember all about root notes right?

This position is related to a C major chord shape. It all relates back to the major scale. Basic Guitar Strumming Patterns. If we take the notes in our major pentatonic scale, and start on the 6th scale degree of the major scale, you’ll be playing in the relative minor key. Now, remembering that by transposing the identical pattern up and down the neck gives you different keys, shifting the A Minor Pentatonic shape which starts on the fifth fret up a tone will give you B Minor, D Major very handy!


The more observant of you might notice that some of the extra notes are similar to those we used in our Blues Hybrid Scale. It works really well with most traditional blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction.

This position is related to a D major chord shape. Particularly in the first position, starting at the fifth fret, because it has those nice high-mid tones that can lift a solo above the band, while not getting too far up the fret board and risking things sounding a bit thin. Because the Pentatonic scale only has those five notes, not only are they always going to sound okay, but they work over every chord being used in that key. 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.

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The most important of these notes to check out is the note C Sharp in pattern one it is the note on the third string in the sixth fret. The last scale shape begins with your fourth finger on the 15th fret.

Either with a jam buddy, recording yourself and playing over it or a Backing Track or This Free A Blues Backing Track or I suppose the best would be jamming with a full band if pehtatonik have the luxury! The pentatonic scale is a five note scale. This is especially true for the Minor Pentatonic scales being played over a minor key.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

The first major pentatonic scale shape starts with our G root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. Put on the backing track and solo for the full 5 minutes and just experiment. 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!

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Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit. Petatonik where the root note locations pemtatonik, and use them to help you understand and remember each shape. As an Minor Pentatonic it is Pattern 1 – but now the root note has changed, the chord tones are different and you have to use it a different way! Hi there, thank you for your good work and great guitar website!! You really have to treat this as a new scale to start with – sure there are some minor pentatonic licks you can sneak in there later, but much better to start with thinking of it as a whole new thing!

The main reason is because Pentatonic pentatlnik are easy. Try to visualize the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson.

Yay, keep me informed! This track is basically just four measures of the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord.

This is because they sound great over many epntatonik of music, and are relatively easy to start improvising with.

As always, technique first and let speed develop naturally. Listen to how the scale shapes sound different over each chord. Ear Training Exercises F5.

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OK Read privacy policy. Beginners Guide to Improvisation: 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!! Using the same approach, here is an even better trick. Foundation 5 Practice Schedule.