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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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Over an F chord, the F was the root. I think what’s happening here, is that 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.

The shapes of the major pentatonic bo are exactly the same as those of scwle minor pentatonic scaleexcept the root note is located else where. Is anyone else having this issue or is it a problem on my end? Finally, a small rant on my personal philosophy To form the scales in parallel, you can take the major scale and use the formulas in the table below.

It’s very similar to the diagram above, with the only difference being the placement of the 6th scale degree–which doesn’t actually effect our F Minor Pentatonic scales. Some say you can do the same pattern pwntatoniche a minor scale but three notes up the fretboard and some that you must change pattern to do the major pentatonic scale in the same key? I just was trying the same lesson and had the same questions.


Here is an scaoe of an F Minor Pentatonic being played over an Ebsus4 chord. However, did you mean UP 3 frets from the min.

Once your ears are familiar with the sounds, and your fingers know their way around the scale, you can go back and learn why it works. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Thanks for some other fantastic article. First up, the Aeolian Mode, also known simply as a minor scale. This diagram also shows the F Dorian mode, which you can compare to the Aeolian above, and the corresponding box positions.

I have a question Whether you are a self-taught player or learnt from a teacher? In my opinion, this is useful for learning the notes of the scale rather than just the pattern.

Use What You Know: Creative Applications for Minor Pentatonic Scales

The E minor box form is the same as the G Major box form. Blair, Thank you for your comment and question. This position is related to a G major chord shape. You’re already subscribed to the GLW newsletter.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes

I hope you enjoy my free lessons and materials. This will give each scale shape a minor feel. Each shape is moveable so you can play these shapes in every key. I think that’s a great reason to start with the pentatonic scale patterns as opposed to the hundreds of other scale patterns that you could start with. Pay close attention to the sound of each note against the chord as you play. Thank you Matt L.! This is because it is easy to play, very very useful and is the basis of much blues and rock imp Below you can see this scale is the exact same shape as our “Shape 5”.


The fact that I am compensated for the referral costs you nothing more. So why do we need two names for the same thing? 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.

Dom’s answer is of course correct, but I think there’s a misunderstanding as to what is meant by ‘pattern’. Dominant chords have a major third and a minor seventh b7.

PDF Files This firs Again, no root present in the F Minor Pentatonic. Gosk – Guitar Scales. Learn more in my blues scale lesson. You can use both major and minor pentatonic scales, but once again, be cautious of the minor third when playing the minor pentatonic scale.

For the fourth scale shape you’ll start with your second finger on the 10th fret. Post as a guest Name. Freshman year of high school I joined the jazz band and occasionally had the chance to solo.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

The first thing to note pentatoinche that to specify a key, you need both a root note and a formula. It’s more about patterns on the fretboard.

I have a couple of questions, please.