Learn how to escape the tight, often limiting confines of “box” scale patterns. FIGURE 1A applies this concept to the G minor pentatonic scale. How to Hack the Five Pentatonic Scale Shapes. Learn how to use the five pentatonic box shapes in real-time soloing over a groove or song. Learn to play beginner guitar scales using these easy lessons to speed you towards guitar mastery fast. Part 2.

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In a major key, play the major pentatonic scale and its relative minor interchangably.

Use What You Know: Creative Applications for Minor Pentatonic Scales

The first note of the e form box pattern in the diagram is being played on the boox fret on the e string, but this is an f e. Two notes per string, you can pretty much play it with two fingers, and you can almost sound like Jimmy Page.

You must place the root note on the proper note rather than assuming the fret number of the box pattern.

Root for Am is 6th string 5th fret, whereas root for Cmaj is up 3 frets at 8th fret. Again, no root present in the F Minor Pentatonic. A root note on its own is not sufficient. After all, you want to play tunes, so a scale is really just a pallette of notes to choose from. It seems you pentatoiche Javascript disabled in your Browser.

I think what’s happening here, is pentatonixhe it is common to associate position 1 with the minor, because that’s where we start by playing 2 notes on the low E string and only 1 on the high E. In the key of C, you would play the C Major pentatonic scale or the A minor pentatonic scale.


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To turn our G major scale into a G major pentatonic scale, we just have to remove the 4th and 7th scale degrees.

This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. This is one of the most commonly used scales so getting a handle on why it works In other words, if you see this chord, it implies that you should play bx minor pentatonic scale since it has a minor third.

You can find some licks in my Licks, Riffs, and Tricks section. And in this sense, you could argue that the patterns of boxx and minor pentatonic scales are the same, i. Download a PDF chord chart for this jam track by clicking here. But the new pattern is also one of the familiar pentatonic patterns. I am honored and excited to help you accomplish your guitar goals!

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Pentatonic Scales

Your comment help me and explains it very well! Notice where the root note locations are, and use them to help you understand and remember scal shape. If you know your relative minor scales, A is the relative minor of C.


You ought to understand how this process works by now, but I want to point out that unlike all the previous examples, F Minor Pentatonic does NOT include the root of this chord.

The first major pentatonic scale shape starts with our G root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. Another way of saying this is that A minor is the relative minor of C major, and C major is the relative major of A minor.

For an added challenge, try playing the whole thing in one position, forcing yourself to use whichever pentatonic box pattern is closest to that position. It just so happens that the only difference between Aeolian, Dorian, and Phrygian are the 2nd and 6th scale degrees.

Here are the links to all of the lessons on the beginner scales. The only difference between this and the previous two examples is that we’re using a Bb Mixolydian mode.

The 5 Major Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Positions – GUITARHABITS

Today’s lesson will examine what I learned in a methodical fashion. As soon as I have more time I might edit my answer to make things a bit clearer. Hox just told you that you can use the same patterns, but the difference is where they start. My old instructor ingrained this fatal flaw in me.