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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In this case, it’s an E major chord shape. In this lesson, we are going to be in the key of G major. Take it one shape at a time until you feel like you’re really getting the hang of it. Beginners Guide to Improvisation: 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! 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 main reason is because Pentatonic scales are easy. 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! 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!! With each of the shapes we learn, there will be a chord shape that will go along with it.

This note will sound great over the A or A7 chord but will sound really bad over the D7 chord. The only difference is the location of the root notes, which have changed from all the G notes to all the E notes. This is because they sound great over many styles of music, and are relatively easy to start improvising with.

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Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

This track is basically just four measures of the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord. Watch this video to understand more:. 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!! This is especially true for the Minor Pentatonic scales being played over a minor key. 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 you have the luxury!


It comes from the major scalewhich is a seven note scale. It all relates back to the major scale. This one is really commonly used by country guys and the early blues players like Chuck Berry. 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 not checked that out yet!

Watch this video to understand more: Particularly in the first position, starting at the fifth fret, pentatoonik 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. OK Read privacy policy. 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!

It’s always a good gitadre to learn Pattern 1 of a scale, and so now that you are not going to get confused by the similarity of the shapes, we’re going to check out The Major Pentatonic Pattern 1.


The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

This will give each scale shape a minor feel. Foundation 5 Practice Schedule. This just takes practice, you just learn to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords. This position is related to a C major chord shape. The pattern is simple to remember. Hi there, thank you for your good work and great guitar website!!


Glues will find with this scale that some notes sound awesome over some chords and sound pretty crummy over others. As always, technique first and let speed develop naturally. Later on you can mix it up with the Minor Pentatonic to great effect too! Tips to take your guitar playing from the Bedroom to the Stage. Reply to Ron Meijer.

Don’t feel like you need to do this with all five scale shapes at once. You can use all the same shapes you’ve already learned for the G major pentatonic scale. Put on the backing track and solo for the full 5 minutes and just experiment. By far the best only? Songs for Intermediate Foundation 5. So you know to place the root here at the 5th fret to be playing the A Major Pentatonic Scale. 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.

You gitarge 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 next scale shape will start with your fourth pentstonik on the 10th fret of the 6th string. That leaves us with an E minor pentatonic scale: All you have to do is emphasize the E notes in your scale shapes and they become E minor pentatonic scale shapes. Once you know the five major pentatonic scale shapes, you automatically know the five minor pentatonic scale shapes.

Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit. 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. I’ve included a Jam Track that you can download at the top of the page.