Minor Pentatonic Scales (Patterns 1 to 5)

STEP 1: Learn these 5 pattern shapes, then we'll put them in the correct order and placement. All these examples are in the key of A.

1st Pattern

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fretboard 1st minor pentatonic

|------------------------------[5]-8-[5]-------------------------------|
|-------------------------5--8-----------8--5--------------------------|
|-------------------5--7-----------------------7--5--------------------|
|-------------5-[7]---------------------------------[7]-5--------------|
|-------5--7-----------------------------------------------7--5--------|
|[5]-8-----------------------------------------------------------7-[5]-|

--[5]- denotes the Root Note!

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Have A Play

Learn the 1st minor pentatonic scale in the key of E...

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Then play up and down the scale in time with the music. The backing has a swing feel to it, so you will also put a swing feel to the scale.

1st Pentatonic Scale in the key of "E"

Play this in time with the backing track!

12 Bar Blues in E Backing Track
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|-----------------------|------0---3-0----------|-----------------------|--
|-----------------------|0---3-----------3-0----|-----------------------|--
|------------------0---2|----------------------2|0----------------------|--
|------------0---2------|-----------------------|----2-0----------------|--
|------0---2------------|-----------------------|----------2-0-----0----|--
|0---3------------------|-----------------------|----------------3-----3|0-
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|1   & 2   & 3   & 4   &|1   & 2   & 3   & 4   &|1   & 2   & 3   & 4   &|