The Scale Most Often
Used In Rock Lead Guitar!
Here to hear Burt play
lead guitar using this scale in E
(This Example Is In A)
The notes in a Minor Pentatonic
Guitar Scale are (start on 6th string 5th fret) A C D E G.
Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scale lesson
It is the most common scale
used in Rock Guitar and is very common in Blues as well.
Pentatonic Guitar Scale lesson
Try playing the A Minor
Pentatonic Guitar Scale over an A Minor or A Major chord for a Rock feel
and sound. The fingering is very similar to a Major
Pentatonic Scale, try both and you will see what I mean.
An easy way to get used to
the feel and sounds is to play it like this. Strum an A5 (known as
a power chord, it has only two notes the root and the fifth) or A minor
chord a few times to let your ear adjust to the "key". Then play:
Speaking of letting your "ear"
adjust. Always trust your ear. If something does not sound
right, it probably isn't, but when learning something new, try it a few
times before you decide it is not right.
A & C on 6th string starting
at 5th fret, then 8th fret
D & E on 5th string starting
at 5th fret, then 7th fret
G & A on 4th string, starting
at 5th fret, then the 7th fret, and keep it going with
C & D on 3rd string,
starting at 5th fret, then the 7th fret
E & G on 2nd string,
starting at 5th fret, then the 8th fret
and finish on the A note 1st
string (5th fret). You can continue on to the 8th fret because we
are on an E string, and the C was played on the E 6th string, if you get
the picture. There lots of other fingerings, for now get used to
the sound and this fingering. Then jam on!
Try to remember: 5 8, 5 7, 57,
5 7, 5 8, 5 8
Will get into the most common
strings to bend and in what fret in another lesson.
After you have mastered the
Pentatonic Scale, Check out these lessons from Premier Guitar. All
are PDF files which you can print. These are also available at the
Pentatonic Approach To Modes.
Try out a Natural
Minor Scale after you get used to these (Also known as the Aeolian
Mode). One of Burt's favorites!
Try out a Harmonic
Minor Scale after you get used to the Natural Minor.
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