Learn the major and minor pentatonic scales, their patterns, when to use them, and why they’re the scale shortcut. Want to play the Blues? Learn the Pentatonic scale. It is really easy & fun to play on the Guitar. Watch the video and practice the 5 patterns to. The pentatonic scale is one of the most commonly used in all styles of music. Here’s a lesson that walks guitarists through learning to play the.

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This will give each scale shape a minor feel. Also seventh pentatonihe on the g form box is also being played on the first fret of the g string and is therefore a g.

You can move the pattern around too. 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!

C Minor Chord on Guitar: The single-octave patterns can be linked to produce two diagonal patterns, each repeated three times. This is why pentatonic scales are so popular.

The main reason is because Pentatonic scales are easy. 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!

Minor Pentatonic Scale |

To form the scales in parallel, you can chltarra the major scale and use the formulas in the table below.

It works really well with most traditional blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction.


Fingerstyle no pick players can either use only the thumb like Wes Montgomery didalternate between your first and 2nd fingers like Segovia did or a mixture of thumb and fingers like Jeff Beck does.

If you need more information, you can find it in my lesson on chord diagrams, fretboard patterns, and rhythm charts. The scale shape can be played on any fret, and the scale gets its name pentxtoniche the note under the R root note. Easy Open Suspended Chords. In other words, if you see this chord, it implies that you should pentatlniche the minor pentatonic scale since it has a minor third.

To play it in the key of A – which is what you should do now – you should start scwle your 1st finger in the 5th fret.

I hope you enjoy my free lessons and materials. 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 do that, I need you to let me know how I can improve.

Pentatonic Scales

This just takes practice, you just learn to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords. The reason we learn scales is that they are groups of notes that sound really good together that we can use to make up solos as in lead guitar and melodies.

Work on emphasizing the root notes of each chord with each shape. The D7 cord contains the note C, so the C Sharp really clashes with it, and not in a cool way. This is a big help. I highly recommend that you check pentwtoniche my 12 bar blues lesson to start improvising. You can use all the same shapes you’ve already pwntatoniche for the G major pentatonic scale.


This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience. The Pentatonic scale is about as straightforward a scale as you can get. You must place the root note on the proper note rather than assuming the fret number of the box pattern.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key: 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

You will find with this scale that some notes sound awesome over some chords and sound pretty crummy over others. So spend a bit of time with it and get it right. 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. I just was trying the same lesson and had the same questions. Thank you for your question. This position is related to a G major chord shape.

It’s really up to you. Please note that this is Pattern 5! Over time, I’ll get to learn more about you and deliver content that motivates you to learn, play and be inspired! You’ll get free content that is exclusive to my newsletter subscribers!

This is the most common scale in blues, pop and rock music.