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In the first part we learned how to play the major pentatonic scale around a basic "box" pattern over a single chord. Please support fretjam: http://www.fretjam.com/support.html However, before long you'll want the freedom to play major pentatonic across the entire guitar neck. This lesson will help you build a large roadmap for the scale and open up your improvisation. In this video we jam our way steadily through several scale positions, followed by some wider "merged" patterns. With a few runs through, you'll be surprised at how intuitive your major pentatonic playing becomes. Don't forget to visit the lesson page (link below) for this jam in another key, downloadable backing tracks, printable diagrams and exercises. http://www.fretjam.com/major-pentatonic-patterns.html
Learn the major pentatonic scale, and its 5 positions. A great starting point for any guitarist. In this video, JJ also explains relative minor scales and how you can use these same boxes in a minor context. Introduction - 0:38 Position 1 - 1:51 Position 2 - 3:32 Position 3 - 5:39 Position 4 - 7:21 Position 5 - 8:41 Moving up/down - 12:10 --- JJ Tanis makes pro-quality YouTube gear demos and lessons. http://www.jjtanismusic.com | firstname.lastname@example.org Sign up for FREE monthly "e-mail subscriber only" videos: http://jjtanismusic.com/?page_id=75
Learn how changing pentatonic scale over minor key progressions can open up your musical options for playing melodic guitar solos. If you found this (or any) lesson useful, please consider donating to keep the free lessons coming - http://www.fretjam.com/support.html Thanks! I really appreciate it. In this lesson, I show you an alternative to playing the same minor pentatonic scale over a chord progression. By changing pentatonic scales with the chords, we can connect to those chords more musically and expand our phrasing options. For backing tracks, diagrams and other supplemental content, visit the lesson page below: http://www.fretjam.com/minor-key-pentatonics.html
The Pentatonic Scale is the quintessential Rock and Blues scale. You’ve heard it in everyone’s playing from The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page to David Gilmore, Eric Clapton and beyond. Guitar players learn this scale in the womb. It is a useful tool for soloing and lead guitar, as well as writing melodies. There are several variations and I will provide the formulas for each. Penta means five, so this is a scale that has five tones. Traditional minor Pentatonic scale: 1 m3 4 5 m7 8 (1 b3 4 5 b7 8) The most common keys for guitarists to play this scale in are… A: A C D E G A (1 b3 4 5 b7 8) E: E G A B D E G: G Bb C D F G C: C Eb F G Bb C F: F Ab Bb C Eb F But, the scale of course can be played in any key and should be practiced in all keys in order to be able to play it across the entire fretboard. There are five box patterns to learn. Here is a link where you can find all five patterns in order to help you practice. http://www.all-free-guitar-lessons.com/blues-guitar-scales.html#minor-pentatonic-scale Wherever you start the first note of your first pattern, will tell you what key you are in. Examples in music: Most solos by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore, Eric Clapton. Come Together: The Beatles (D), Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd (E), Suzie Q: CCR (E), Howlin’ For You: The Black Keys (E), I’ve Got My Eyes On You: Buddy Guy (A), One Way Out: The Allman Brothers (A). Here’s a slight variation of the traditional minor Pentatonic scale. “Stock Blues” Pentatonic scale with the #4/b5 tritone or “Blue” note. The addition of the tritone provides chromatic movement between the 4th and 5th tone of the scale. This is also known as the “minor Blues” scale. 1 m3 4 d5 5 m7 8 (1 b3 4 b5 5 b7 8) The most common keys again… A: A C D Eb E G A E: E G A Bb B D E G: G Bb C Db D F G C: C Eb F Gb G Bb C F: F Ab Bb Cb C Eb F Again, learn these five box patterns across the fretboard in all keys. Follow this link to do so. http://www.all-free-guitar-lessons.com/blues-guitar-scales.html#minor-blues-guitar-scale Examples in music: Sunshine Of your Love: Cream (D), Jump In The Fire: Metallica (G), Cowboys From Hell: Pantera (E), Iron Man: Black Sabbath (B) There is also a Major Pentatonic scale! It’s a good one to use for Country, Rock-a-billy, Major Blues, over Dominant7 chords, RnB, etc…anything with Major or Dominant7 chords. The easiest way to think about it is to start the second pattern of the minor Pentatonic scale on the root of the key you are playing in. In short, the Major Pentatonic scale is the same five patterns as the minor Pentatonic scale, but the harmony (chords) being played underneath and where you start the patterns gives it it’s unique sound. The Major Pentatonic formula is… 1 M2 M3 5 6 8 (1 2 3 5 6 8) A: A B C# E F# A (1 2 3 5 6 8) E: E F# G# B C# E G: G A B D E G C: C D E G A C F: F G A C D F Here’s a link to learn all five patterns across the fretboard, however if you’ve learned the minor pentatonic patterns, you will see they are the same shapes. http://www.all-free-guitar-lessons.com/blues-guitar-scales.html#major-pentatonic-scale A lot of guitarists mix together the sound of the Major and minor pentatonic scales. Examples in music: Solo to Crossroads: Cream (A), Johnny B Good: Chuck Berry (Bb), Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Joe Zawinul (Bb) And of course we can turn this into a “Major Blues” scale by adding a minor 3rd to the formula. This creates chromatic movement between the Major 2nd and Major 3rd. Major Blues scale formula: 1 M2 m3 M3 5 6 8 (1 2 b3 3 5 6 8) A: A B C C# E F# A E: E F# G G# B C# E G: G A Bb B D E G C: C D Eb E G A C F: F G Ab A C D F Click the link to learn all of these patterns across the fretboard. http://www.all-free-guitar-lessons.com/blues-guitar-scales.html#major-blues-guitar-scale
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Major pentatonic is probably the most commonly used major key scale, so it's a good place to begin with scales.
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But even if you're already familiar with the scale, this lesson will go further than simply showing you fingering patterns. It shows you how to apply the scale musically and intuitively.
The process outlined in this video and on the lesson page will help you to develop your improvisation and composition skills, so you'll know how to make music with the scale instead of wandering up and down aimlessly.
Be sure to get your backing tracks, exercises and diagrams on the lesson page...