Guitar Pentatonic Scales... the smart (easy) way.
Pentatonic Scales - The Basics (Part 1 of 3)
Learning a guitar pentatonic scales is one of the first steps to soloing and improvisation.
This section is divided into 3 parts. The first 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. The third article makes learning guitar pentatonic scales super easy... Enjoy!
Only 5 notes
As their name says, pentatonic scales contain 5 notes:
C Major Pentatonic Scale: C D E G A
There are only 2 basic kinds of pentatonic scales: Major and Minor.
C Major Pentatonic Scale: C D E G A A Minor Pentatonic Scale: A C D E GMajor and minor pentatonic scales are related
In fact, they are called relative Major and Minor pentatonic scales.
...in different order.Triads and Pentatonic Scales
Another very important basic fact about pentatonic scales is that they all contain either a major or a minor triad.
Major and minor pentatonic scales, and their corresponding triads.
Click here to carry on to Part 2: Guitar Pentatonic Scales, the smart way: Harmonic and Melodic Fingerings
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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