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Scales – A Minor Pentatonic

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Overview

Finish learning the scale you started in the previous exercise.

Goal: Smoothly play the scale without a mistake.

Practice Speed: Slow.

OF NOTE:

  1. Make sure you have the correct frets, fingers, and pick direction as you play.
  2. Keep your fingers curvy, on their tips, and close to the frets.
  3. Make sure you connect all notes into a smooth line. To do this, hold down each note until it is time to play the next one.
  4. Releasing early creates a gap in the sound.

A minor Pentatonic Scale

Tab of the A minor pentatonic scale

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Lesson 1: Practice one note at a time. Say the finger, string, fret, and pick direction for each note.
  • Lesson 2: Play along with the video to check your work.
  • Lesson 3: Play at a slow and steady beat, say the fret numbers as you play.
  • Lesson 4: Play along with the video to check your work.
  • Lesson 5: Play at a slow and steady beat, say the finger numbers as you play.
  • Lesson 6: Play along with the video to check your work.
  • Lesson 7: Play at a slow and steady beat, say the pick direction as you play.
  • Lesson 8: Play along with the video to check your work.

Final Thoughts

This specific scale is the basis for thousands of guitar solos in many different styles of music. It is used in rock, blues, country, jazz and other genres.

You can begin making up a solo simply by playing the notes of the scale in any order. The most important thing to remember is to not judge how you sound. For a while, you may not come up with any ideas you like. Just keep trying different patterns until something catches your ear.

You can also jam with a friend using this scale. One of you can play the chords from A Blues while the other plays a solo. Be sure to trade off frequently so both of you get to solo and play the chords. If no one is available to jam with, try soloing with the video of the strumming pattern in A Blues.


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