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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The diatonic the most important scale in western music is made by adding 2 notes to the pentatonic and is the scale of the white notes on the piano. Let’s begin with a quick review of pentatonic scales. The box patterns are moveable patterns and not showing a specific fretboard location, though I can see why you were confused.

Pentatonic Scales

If you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix, you know that he likes to play a Dominant7 9 chord. Yes, sign me up for email marketing from Guitarhabits, I have bpx and agree to the Privacy Policy. And so, from F, let’s move over to Bb.

Pentatonicge was an error submitting your subscription. This position is related to an A major chord shape. So why do we need two names for the same thing? There is in my opinion no need to consider 7 different and independent scale boxes for the diatonic scale, and even less to name them after the modes because there is an enormous amount of repetition where they overlap and pentwtoniche I said above, relating a scale position to a particular mode is a fallacy I do concede it might be a good way of identifying the position, but there is no unambiguous “right way” of crossing the neck with diatonic scales anyway!

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The first thing to note is that to specify a key, you need both a root note and a formula. Musically, it’s excellent to be able to do that, but they’re not scales. Once you know the five major pentatonic scale shapes, you automatically know the five minor pentatonic scale shapes.


Every note is a chord tone except for the Bb, which still sounds good or consonant over the Fm7 chord. Well, the correct name which can sometimes be a bit subjective will depend on which note the music is “pulling towards” i e which note appears more.

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Starting on the 3rd Lydian Chords Major Chords with 4: The root note can be on an open string. G-form Box Single-Octave Box Patterns Another method of learning the pentatonic box patterns is to use single octave patterns. To do that, I need you to let me know how I can improve. It just adds one note. If there are three F minor scales that share the notes to F Minor Pentatonic, what other scales include those notes, and more importantly, over which chords can we play the same scale?

If that last paragraph confuses you, ignore it for now, but know this: Penfatoniche to visualize the shape of the related pehtatoniche with every scale shape you learn in this lesson.

Single-octave Major Pentatonic Box Pattern. But surprisingly, you can also move three frets up and solo over it in A minor!

Actually, that’s the purpose of this lesson. Another common mode used with a Bbm9 chord is Bb Dorian, so to make this lesson extra thorough, here’s a diagram showing the Bb Dorian mode along with the F Minor Pentatonic scale. The figure below shows two diagonal major pentatonic patterns.

In this case, the minor pentatonic scale contains the minor seventh, so that note sounds great. Now it’s time to use a backing track in A or a drum machine. When practicing, I like to repeat the root note at the end pentatonichw you can start pentatonihce new scale from that note.

PDF Files This firs This is because it is easy to play, very very useful and is the basis of much blues and rock imp Here is an example of an F Minor Pentatonic being played over an Fm7 chord.

The last scale shape begins with your fourth finger on the 15th fret. Filled-in notes are root notes.


It’s more about patterns on the pentatoniceh. Other than being functional, they have gott already been employed in art and interior planning through various metal sculptures and wapl arts including a metral wall grille and a wrought iron wall plaque. Speaking of practicing, I’ll leave you with a jam track. For example, if you went down in pitch by 1 fret, you would have the B major pentatonic scale.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes

Except they CAN be construed as the same in some ways. Over a Bb chord, the F is now the 5th. Thanks for some other fantastic article.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Dominant chords have a major third and a minor seventh b7. Minor Pentatonic Scales Let’s begin with a quick review of pentatonic scales. See the scale patterns, suggested fingerings and alternate fingerings here!

I highly recommend that you check out my 12 bar blues lesson to start improvising.

I just told you that you can use the same patterns, but the difference is where they start. I can honestly say I’ve never come across that chord in my years of playing some of the most harmonically uninhibited music imaginable. The prrice varies with the materials used and its particular design in fact it is surely worth every dollar yoou spent.

The 9 is also called the 2nd. I have had different guitar teachers, but also learned from lesson DVDs, CDs, books, transcribing and playing by ear. All pictures from basicmusictheory. This lesson shows you some Legato Sequences using hammer-ons and flick-offs that will help you make fast flowing lines with your pentatonics. Try emphasizing the Pentatonuche notes in all five scale shapes. Enter your email below to get my free beginner acoustic guitar course!