Guitar Pentatonic Scales...the smart (easy) way
Simplifying Pentatonic Scales on the Fretboard: Correlations (Part 3 of 3)
This series on guitar pentatonic scales is divided into 3 sections, of which this is the third and last. If you don't understand something, go back and get the basics right. The first article covers the basics of pentatonic scales. The second article builds on the first, and explains how to actually apply this knowledge in practice, how to play pentatonic scales, on the guitar fretboard. This third article makes learning pentatonic scales on the fretboard super easy... Enjoy!
Things at the end of Section 2 may have seemed a little complicated, but our job at GTiD is to make hard things easy... so hold on!
Guitar Pentatonic Scales:
If the relationships between these diagrams are not clear yet, take a look at this:
Let's now take the minor harmonic fingering pattern and the major melodic fingering pattern...
With only 2 patterns, we have learned 2 ways of playing 2 different guitar pentatonic scales (which in the end we realized were the same thing): 2 stones, 4 birds. Cool, huh?!
So what's next?!
Now you have learned and understood the basic patterns behind guitar pentatonic scales. The next step is to find out how they relate to diatonic scales, guitar modes. This will allow you to understand, play, and improvise much more complex melodic patterns.
If you're wondering about the remaining strings...
These patterns -harmonic and melodic fingerings- are the only ones you will find when playing pentatonic scales starting at the root. 2 octave patterns are always composed of these patterns stacked up: the only differences you will find are due to the strings 2 and 3, which are tuned a 3rd appart (instead of a fourth). Understand the principles in this article, and explore them in all string combinations and all over the fretboard: this will free you to improvise in a much more fluid way!!!
In this series on pentatonic scales and the fretboard, we merely scratch the surface of guitar pentatonic scales. There are many more interesting relationships to understand:
Other articles on pentatonic scales you may be interested in:
Guitar Scales: Section OverviewGuitar Modes... the smart (easy) way
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