#1
I'm still a bit confused about this. I apologize for the redundancy. I most likely need to just learn theory, but my question is as follows:

If a backing track is in A, for example, I can use the pentatonic shape starting on the 5th fret, low E string (A note) and use the 4 other pentatonic shapes that correlate, correct?

Now, if the song is in B, I would use that first pentatonic shape starting on the 7th fret E string and move the corresponding 4 pentatonic shapes up a whole step?

What if the song is in D, and there is no low E note to start on?

I'm sorry if this is very obvious. I've learned the 5 pentatonic shapes and have been using them to improvise over songs I like and backing tracks, and I'm just in a phase where it's hit or miss until I find something that works. I would like to know what to go to immediately.
#2
Let's get things clear.

Based on these shapes



The n shape will start in the root note for a Minor pentatonic Scale

The n+3 shape will start in the root note for a Major pentatonic scale

If you want to play D, your root note is going to be on the 10th fret, low E string
#3
Ugh, I'm left handed. Those charts hurt my brain. Is there an easy hack for them? And duh, 10th fret E string is D..thanks

Edit: Nevermind, i kind of get it now...i was looking at the strings thinking they were frets. I just have to read it backwards....
Last edited by RyanMW2010 at Oct 2, 2013,
#4
Quote by RyanMW2010
Ugh, I'm left handed. Those charts hurt my brain. Is there an easy hack for them? And duh, 10th fret E string is D..thanks

Edit: Nevermind, i kind of get it now...i was looking at the strings thinking they were frets. I just have to read it backwards....

Yes, learn what they actually are.

Learn the notes on your fretboard, learn the notes of the scale you're using.
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#5
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Yes, learn what they actually are.

Learn the notes on your fretboard, learn the notes of the scale you're using.


Sorry Steven. I meant that I didn't understand what the scale diagram was depicting, but i was looking at it wrong and I get it now. I'm going to watch some videos on theory. I'm self taught and knew nothing until very recently, but I'm ready to learn!
#6
That's just it, it's depicting notes - without knowing them scales are never going to really make any sense.
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