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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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 vitarre have the luxury! Watch this video to understand more:.

Cancel comment Leave a comment Cancel Name. 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!

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.

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. Beginners Guide to Improvisation: Good fun playing with this one it’s the same as Pattern 2 of the Minor Pentatonic, but we’ve not checked that pentatonim yet!

Pentatpnik next scale shape will start with your fourth finger on the 10th fret of the 6th string. Learn the first and third positions thoroughly, because that gives you a good mid-range and high tone options for lead blues playing. It all relates back to the major scale. 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.

The red notes are the chord tones for the Major chord – they are the notes that will sound cool to stop on. This track is basically just four measures of the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord. The Pentatonic scale is about as straightforward a scale as you can get.


Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

It works really well with most gitarte blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction. All you have to do is emphasize the E notes in your scale shapes and they become E minor pentatonic scale shapes. The second scale shape will start with your second finger on the 5th fret of our 6th string.

The first major pentatonic scale shape starts with our G root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. This one is really commonly used by country guys and the early blues players like Chuck Berry. I’ve included a Jam Track that you can download at the top of the page. We are using cookies like everybody else to give you the best experience.

You can use all the same shapes you’ve already learned for the G major pentatonic scale. It comes from the major scalewhich is a seven note scale.

So you know to place the root here at the 5th fret to be playing the A Major Pentatonic Scale. 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 pentatlnik B Minor, D Major very handy!

But as I said, you can’t be doing that all the time – you must learn to use this scale like it’s completely new! Hi there, thank you for your good work and great boues website!!

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes

This is because they sound great over many styles of music, and are relatively easy to start improvising with. Reply to Ron Meijer. The pentatonic scale is a five note scale. Tips to take your guitar playing from the Bedroom to the Stage.

Take it one bkues at a time until you feel like you’re really getting the hang of it. This will give each scale shape a minor feel. This position is related to a C major chord shape.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key: 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Try to visualize the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson. Yay, keep me informed! Basic Guitar Strumming Patterns. To turn our G major scale into a G major pentatonic scale, we just have to remove the 4th and 7th scale degrees. 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 gitarrre checked that out yet!


Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

Please note that this is Pattern 5! Watch this video to understand more: This position is related to a D major chord shape. Work on emphasizing the root notes of each chord with each shape. Using the same approach, here is an even better trick. OK Read privacy policy.

For the fourth scale shape you’ll start with your second finger on the 10th fret. By far the best only?

In this lesson, we are going to be in the key of G major. The main reason is because Pentatonic scales are easy. 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!

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. 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!! Once you know the five major pentatonic scale shapes, you automatically know the five minor pentatonic scale shapes. This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience.

This position is related to an A major chord shape.