Pentatonic Licks

author: JacobCaine date: 05/27/2011 category: soloing
rating: 7 / votes: 6 
Okay Guys this is my first time doing this so don't criticize it too much haha:p.. All right, if you're reading this, your probably practicing scales and thinkin... All right i can play this minor pentatonic scale up and down... But how will it help my playing? The question is... How WON'T this help my playing? The minor pentatonic is a very useful and Unique Scale. To get a minor pentatonic Scale, you would take your basic minor scale. Say in Am (no sharps or flats in this one to make it easier) A minor scale = ABCDEFG The pentatonic minor is made by using only 5 notes out of this scale. You would use the 1st,3rd,4th,5th and 7th degree. So lets see... A,B,C,D,E,F,G,A = Minor scale(From octave to Octave) And ...........A,C,D,E,G,A = Minor pentatonic Scale(From octave to Octave) The pentatonic is one of the most useful scales EVER. Used mainly in Roc and Blues, it is a staple in most guitar players improv arsenal. in A minor, you would play the pentatonic scale in the main box position using this pattern
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--------------------------------------5----7--------------------------------
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----------------5----8-------------------------------------------------------
Notice How your Index finger does not move from the 5th fret across all six strings. This helps you a lot when it comes to playing licks, because it is up to you to utilize your other 3 free fingers to play licks. Now, Lets since you know the basic Box position(there are 4 other A minor pentatonic Positions but like i said earlier, this is the easiest to memorize and the easiest to base licks off of for beginners)lets move onto utilizing this scale, and making it work for you into a guitar solo or improvisation. Here is a quick pentatonic lick in A minor that i use often.
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----7^-----7p5----~5~-------------------------------------------------------
-----------------7-----7p5------5h7-----------------------------------------
----------------------------7-----------------------------------------------
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That one is a good starting point.. to get your bend notes and vibrato going.. Your going to bend the first note (7 on the G string up a whole step... If you dont know what a whole step is.. play the 9th fret on your G string. You want to bend the 7th fret up towards your face until it sounds like the 9th fret on your G string) then you should already have your index finger on the 5th fret of the B and e strings. Then place your middle finger back on the 7th fret of the g string and pull off to the 5th fret G string. Then use your Ring finger to fret the 7th fret of the D string. Quickly use your index finger to hit the 5th fret of the G string. Give it a nice vibrato too for extra bluesy effects. (If you need to practice Vibrato just keep doing it.. try and use all of your fingers to get used to the fast movement. you want your note to ring and kind of sound like a buzzing bee. After that, Use your ring finger to hit the 7th fret of the D string, Then pull off to the 5th fret and use your ring finger to hit the 7th fret of the A string. Finally, Go back up and use your index finger to fret the 5th fret of the D string and hammer on to the 7th fret using your ring finger.. Try giving that last note some vibrato as well to give it more of an effect. All right I'm going to do one more Lick then that's it for this lesson, i will post another one soon with more licks. Then i will move on to the Blues Scale :)
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----7^7--5-------5----------------------------------------------------------
------------7p5-------5-~7~-------------------------------------------------
--------------------7-------------------------------------------------------
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Mkay. so this is a melodic kind of pentatonic passage I came up with.. You're going to start out using your middle finger to bend the 7th fret of the G string up a whole step.. then hold the note and bend back down to the original note. Your index finger should be on the 6th fret of the G string due to the bending of the 7th fret.. slide your index finger down to the 5th fret G string. Then use your ring finger to hit the 7th fret of the D string... Pull of to the 5th fret with your index finger. Use your index finger again to hit the 5th fret on the G string. You're then going to skip the D string and use your ring finger to hit the 7th fret of the A string. After that use your index finger to hit the 5th fret of the D string and either hammer on to the 7th fret or just pick the 7th fret of the D string. For a more bluesy sound.. slide your index finger from the 5th fret to the 7th fret. Don't forget to add vibrato to that last note for a good Ending! That is all i have for today Guys. Hope y'all like it... Check out My Songs by the way!I have one up right now demonstrating a good use of the C# minor pentatonic scale over a backing track i made! I will have more up soon.. Along with more lessons.
More JacobCaine lessons:
+ Utilizing And Understanding The Blues Scale Soloing 06/07/2011
+ Pentatonic Licks. Lesson 2 Soloing 05/31/2011
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