Learn 5 classic jazz pentatonic scale patterns that you can apply to any As many guitarists begin playing rock, blues and pop music before. The scale we’re about to learn is used loads in country, blues and rock. It’s a little strange to get used to at first, because the patterns are the same as for the Mi.

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This will help me make constant improvements to better your experience. It comes from the major scalewhich is a seven note scale. Click here to support the site – make a donation today! To start with I suggest you learn the first and third positions thoroughly, because that gives you a good mid-range and high tone options for lead blues playing which can transpose up okay a few keys without getting too gitarrf up the neck.

It’s a little strange to get used to at first, because the patterns are the same as for the Minor Pentatonic, but the root note is different!! This note will sound great over the A or A7 chord but will sound really bad over the D7 chord. This track is basically just four measures of the G major chord, followed by four measures of the E minor chord.

With each of the shapes we learn, there will be a chord shape that will go along with it. It works really well with most traditional blues tunes, since blues songs do tend to be comparatively simple in construction.

The more observant of you might notice that some of the extra notes are similar to those we used in our Pentatoik Hybrid Scale ; Good fun playing with this one it’s the same as Pattern 2 of the Minor Pentatonic, but we’ve not checked that out yet!

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes

The only difference is the location of the root notes, gitarrr have changed from all the G notes to all the E notes. The D7 cord contains the note C, so the C Sharp really clashes with it, and not in a cool way. Reply to Ron Meijer.


As an Minor Pentatonic it is Pattern pentztonik – but now the root note has changed, the chord tones are different and you have to use it a different way! The pattern is simple to remember. Basic Guitar Strumming Patterns. This just takes practice, you just learn to avoid the notes that don’t sound cool over particular chords.

Cancel comment Leave a comment Cancel Name. Listen to how the scale shapes sound different over each chord. A great thing to do is play a minor pentatonic lick – then move it down 3 frets it will be then the major pentatonic, and listen to the difference!!

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key: 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Yay, keep me informed! Later on you can mix it up with the Minor Pentatonic to great effect too! Because bleus Pentatonic scale only has those five notes, not only are they always going to sound okay, but they work over every chord being used in that key. This is especially true for the Minor Pentatonic scales being played over a minor key. The Pentatonic scale is about as straightforward a scale as you can get.

Practice Blues Guitar In Any Key With 5 Pentatonic Scale Patterns

It’s always a good idea to learn Pattern 1 of a scale, and so now pentatinik you are not going to get confused by the similarity of the shapes, we’re going to check out The Major Pentatonic Pattern 1.

To turn our G major scale into a G major pentatonic scale, we just have to remove the 4th and 7th scale degrees. Try emphasizing the E notes in all five scale shapes. The most important of these notes to check out is the note C Sharp in pattern one it is the note on the third string in the sixth fret.

Try to visualize the shape of the related chord with every scale shape you learn in this lesson. Don’t feel like you need to do this with all five scale shapes at once.


The first major pentatonic scale shape starts with our G root note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string. It all relates back to the major scale. In this lesson, we are going to be in the key of G major. All you have to do is emphasize the E notes in your scale shapes and they become E minor pentatonic scale shapes. Please note that this is Pattern 5! The main reason is because Pentatonic scales are easy.

Either with a jam buddy, recording yourself and playing over it or a Backing Track or This Free A Blues Backing Track or I suppose the best would be jamming with a full band if you have the luxury! Put on the backing track and solo for the full 5 minutes and just experiment. Watch this video to understand more: The pentatonic scale is a five note scale. Work on emphasizing the root notes of each chord with each shape. Beginners Guide to Improvisation: Play slow, cool solos so you can hear how well the notes fit.

The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes – Guitar Lesson

But as I said, you can’t be doing that all the time – you must learn to use this scale like it’s completely new! Enter your email below to get my free beginner acoustic guitar course!

The last scale shape begins with your fourth finger on the 15th fret. Particularly in the first position, starting at the fifth fret, because it has those nice high-mid tones that can lift a solo above the band, while not getting too far up the fret board and risking things sounding a bit thin.

By far the best only? Foundation 5 Practice Schedule. Below you can see this pentatonnik is the b,ues same shape as our “Shape 5”.