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Pentatonic Patterns, Series 1: Lesson 1

 

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In this tutorial we will learn a lick that incorporates all 5 fretboard shapes/positions that form the pentatonic minor scale. For these example exercises we will use the A minor pentatonic scale. Technically, these could also be considered C major pentatonic.

If you are unfamiliar with the overall concept of the pentatonic scale and patterns then you can check out these tutorials which explains everything you could want to know about the major and minor pentatonic scales.

Pentatonic Scales: Boxes & Frameworks

Pentatonic Minor Scale Exercise - All 5 Shapes

Pentatonic Major Scale Exercise - All 5 Shapes

The idea in this tutorial is to play a simple repeating pattern of six notes on the top two strings (E and B strings). We use the first pentatonic position and this results in a pattern that has two notes on each string, both three frets apart.

Then, we build the same type of pattern and lick, but using the second pentatonic position. We continue on to the third, fourth, fifth and finally first position again one octave higher.

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