Pentatonic Scales

PENTATONIC SCALE KNOWLEDGE FOR GUITAR PLAYERS

If your pentatonic scale guitar fretboard understanding is limited then this lesson is a must view. The pentatonic scale is used extensively within a wide range of music. This lesson shows how pentatonic scale patterns can be played in five positions across the fretboard in one key utilising relative major and minor scales.

DOWNLOAD THE PENTATONIC SCALE GUITAR SHEET

Get your hands on our totally free PDF which supports the video below and outlines the five pentatonic scale patterns for guitar. This link opens in a new window and takes you to the GMI shop.

When we start learning to improvise or take up the guitar and play scales, usually the pentatonic scale is the first port of call. Many guitarists become frustrated as they run out of ideas. This is mainly due to the fact that when we begin to play guitar, we usually play from a visual perspective. This may sound odd, but it is a fact. We look at the patterns and shapes we know and we create other patterns and shapes from these. These are then translated into sounds and ideas that we perform over chord progressions. It takes many years of practice to start hearing ideas derived from scales in a sonic as opposed to visual way.

In this journey, we can help ourselves by knowing more than the usual one pattern. There are five main pentatonic scale patterns that most guitarists eventually learn. The reason for learning these five patterns is that they offer us a single key in five positions. Therefore, we are not relugated to just playing in one position all the time. The other benefit from knowing these five guitar pentatonic patterns is that we get additional visual ideas from the different patterns we learn.

WHAT THIS PENTATONIC SCALE LESSON WILL TEACH YOU

You will learn the five main pentatonic patterns. You will also be instructed on how you can use relative major and minor theory so you can accurately use major scales over minor progressions and visa-versa.

Why not check out our other scale lessons! We have a great lesson on expanding these scales and creating blues scale guitar players love. Also, have a look at our other guitar tuition courses which are all free to access.

The Book That Accompanies This And Our Other Guitar Scale Lessons

Scales You Can Use - GMI Guitar & Music Institute

Pentatonic scales 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.

PURCHASE SCALES YOU CAN USE! PDF FROM THE GMI SHOP – IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD

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.

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