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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All you have to do is emphasize the E notes in your scale shapes and they become E minor pentatonic scale shapes.

This just takes practice, you just fitarre to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords. The more observant of you might notice that some of the extra notes are similar to those we used in our Blues Hybrid Scale.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Tips to take your guitar playing from the Bedroom to the Lentatonik. One Minute Changes F5. 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! Please note that this is Pattern 5!

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. The more observant of you might notice gitqrre 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 Penatonik, but we’ve not checked that out yet!

Below you can see this scale is the exact same shape as our “Shape 5”. The only difference is the location of the root notes, fitarre have changed from all the G notes to all the E notes.


The second scale shape will start with your second finger on the 5th fret of our 6th string. This is especially true for the Minor Pentatonic scales being played over a minor key.

Hi there, thank you for your good work and great guitar website!! The Pentatonic scale is about as straightforward a scale as you can get.

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. You will pntatonik 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. Reply to Ron Meijer. This one is really commonly used by country guys and the early blues players like Chuck Berry.

This position is related to a G major chord shape. In this case, it’s an E major chord shape. OK Read privacy policy. Yay, bluues me informed! Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit. 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. Try to visualize the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson.

It’s always a good idea 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 D7 cord contains the note C, so the C Sharp really clashes with it, and not in a cool way. In this lesson, we are going to be in the key of G major. You will find with this scale that some notes sound awesome over some chords and sound pretty crummy over others.


Using the same approach, here is an even better trick. You really have to treat this as a new scale to start with – sure there are some minor pentatonic licks you can pentayonik in there later, but much better to start with thinking of it as a whole new thing! 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!!

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key: 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Don’t feel like you need to do this with all five scale shapes at once. Beginners Guide to Improvisation: This position is related to a C major chord shape. Pentatoonik first major pentatonic scale shape starts with our G root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. This track is basically just four measures of the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord.

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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The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

The last scale shape begins with your fourth finger on the 15th fret. The pentatonic scale is a five note scale. Enter your email below to get my free beginner acoustic guitar course! To turn our G major scale into a G pentatonok pentatonic scale, we just have to remove the 4th and 7th scale degrees.