Pentatonic Scale Guitar Course In Detail

This pentatonic scale guitar course is delivered by Gary Clinton. Based on his experience teaching guitar lessons to hundreds of people, you can make fast progress towards your soloing and lead guitar playing by following the entire course which is five videos long.

Pentatonic guitar scales are the lifeblood of guitarists looking to learn how to solo. Regardless of whether you want to play rock, blues or metal guitar, these scales are a foundation that you absolutely must learn.

The Course Content

Unlike our other guitar scales course, this one is devoted solely to playing minor pentatonic scales up the entire length of the guitar neck. In the first lesson, Gary will details the five pentatonic scale patterns you need to learn. In lesson two you will discover all about root notes and why they are so important. In lesson three it’s a discussion on how to create licks from those scales and move around the neck. Lesson four looks at scale location and more in-depth work with root notes. The fifth and final lesson moves into the area of changing key. Gary explains how to move from key to key using these scale patterns.

Check out the lessons found in our pentatonic scale guitar course below.

The Guitar Scales Book That Accompanies This Course Available To Buy From The GMI Shop Or The Print Version From Amazon

Scales You Can Use - GMI Guitar & Music Institute

The chromatic scale and hundreds of other patterns are all found in the GMI – Guitar & Music Institute publication Scales You Can Use!

This full colour book can be bought either as a printed copy directly from Amazon, or as a PDF immediate download from the GMI Guitar Store.

Both books are exactly the same apart from the printed book including blank staff and TAB along with blank chord boxes for your own guitar scale ideas. The PDF book is 105 pages in total and the printed version is 152 pages in total.

What Is In This Guitar Scale Book?

  • An easy to understand template system that enables you to learn and play major, natural, harmonic and melodic minor scales over the entire neck in seven positions.
  • Included tutorials show how you can play pentatonic scales in 10 different keys within one fret board position.
  • Learn to play in 14 keys in one position using modal scales giving complete musical control over key changes.
  • Included fret maps detail a simple to understand root based system in two key positions giving you complete understanding.
  • Theoretical explanations of pentatonic, major, melodic and harmonic minor, blues, chromatic, whole tone and diminished scales.
  • A suite of “exotic” scales are included for those that are looking to learn patterns that are on the fringe.
  • Original music examples in music and TAB provided throughout Scales You Can Use! to ensure that you really learn the patterns shown. Open string patterns cover major, minor, pentatonic and blues scales.

To purchase the printed version of Scales You Can Use directly from Amazon click the link in the product box below.

To purchase the lower cost PDF format of Scales You Can Use! from the GMI online store and receive it immediately click Essential Guitar Scales – Scales You Can Use! This link opens in a new window.


We have plenty of other guitar courses on GMI from easy to difficult. You can access them without even signing up to the Guitar & Music Institute. If you do, however, sign up, you will be able to track your work and you will receive the latest updates on new courses, blog posts and lessons. Check out our own GMI guitar books which offer you low cost printed and ePublications to work from at home.


Minor Pentatonic Patterns

Length: 5 minutesAuthor: Gary ClintonComplexity: Standard

minor pentatonic patterns

Knowing the five main pentatonic minor scales can be confusing but it’s absolutely necessary if you want complete coverage of the entire guitar neck. In this first lesson, you’ll learn the five pentatonic patterns that make the difference to your perception and understanding of how you can begin soloing.

Root Notes In Minor Pentatonic Scales

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Gary ClintonComplexity: Standard

Root Notes In Minor Pentatonic Scales

Have you ever struggled to identify the scales you are playing? If you have, it probably means you don’t know or have never looked into learning the power and importance of root notes. This second lesson details exactly how to get the most from the patterns you have learned.

Learning To Play Guitar Licks

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Gary ClintonComplexity: Standard

Learning To Play Guitar Licks

Let’s face it, one of the main reasons that people pick up the guitar is to play those amazing riffs that you see the great guitar players of the world perform. That is what this lesson is all about! You will be taking everything that you have learned in the previous two lessons and combine that with how you can play licks across the guitar neck.

Minor Pentatonics In Position – In Depth Learning

Length: 6 minutesAuthor: Gary ClintonComplexity: Standard

Minor Pentatonics In Position

You may know one or two scales, but this lesson builds on all the other videos that Gary has produced. This will pull a lot of threads together and help you really understand how to memorise and get the most from your minor pentatonic scales.

Minor Pentatonics – Learning To Change Key

Length: 7 minutesAuthor: Gary ClintonComplexity: Standard

Minor Pentatonics learning to Chang Keys

In the final lesson of this five lesson course on pentatonic minor scales, Gary Clinton discusses the challenges and opportunities of being able to change key using the five pentatonic scale patterns.