#1
Can anyone please explain to me what the minor and major pentatonic boxes are. Like, these sites are telling me that they are different ways to play the pentatonic scales. Can someone give me a link to a good site that explains them. And also, I keep seeing that major and minor boxes have the same patterns.

And if there are so many ways to play a scale, wouldnt that be way too many scales to remember. And would the major modes have different ways to play each one too?


Thanks
Last edited by Johnny83191 at Sep 21, 2006,
#2
Yes, there are a few different shapes to play major and minor pentatonics. It may look like they are the same because a minor scale is a major scale starting on the 6th scale degree of its relative major. I don't understand your question about modes though. Sorry if I didn't help. Check out Paul Howard's Rock Guitar book, there's a lot of stuff on pentatonics and how to use them (It's a 3 book set).
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#3
Box patterns are unique to the guitar. They are simply convenient ways to play scales on the guitar. They have little revelance to theory on other instruments.
#4
"It may look like they are the same because a minor scale is a major scale starting on the 6th scale degree of its relative major. I don't understand your question about modes though."

I dont really understand, I know the relatives and stuff, but I just need clarification. How do people remember all this theory?!
#6
Here's the C Major Scale:

C D E F G A B C
W W H W W W H
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R

W = whole steps H = half steps

C Major's relative minor is a, they have the same #'s and b's. You'll notice that it is the 6th scale degree of C. So basicly you play a major scale starting on A using the same notes on the C Major scale. This is also known as the Aeolian Mode. Then there are melodic and harmonic minors but I won't get into that.

A B C D E F G
W H W W H W W
6 7 R 2 3 4 5 6

I hope that clears it up a little bit.
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#7
actually, it made things more complicated, now modes are the same way to play the major scale, just a different fret?

I think I quit theory until I get a teacher
#9
thats a link to website hosting, maybe you mis spelled it. I got my info from this site.

Dorian- 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7

How is that the same as
a major scale?
#10
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actually, it made things more complicated, now modes are the same way to play the major scale, just a different fret?

I think I quit theory until I get a teacher


It's the same scale shape, but the intervals are different because you're starting on a different root note.
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#11
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BGC, would they sound the same when played? Or is another way to expand your improv?
Will what sound the same, a box pattern?

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Dorian- 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7

How is that the same as
a major scale?
It isn't the same as the major scale. People seem to confuse C major, C D E F G A B with D Dorian, D E F G A B C because they contain the same notes. While they contain the same notes, they are COMPLETELY different in sound and application.
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#17
woah, cool. Ijust started watching that. Is there any other free instructional vids on google?
#18
Search for big name guitarists along with the words lessons, instructional, etc.., and some stuff will come up.
#19
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it teaches you how to use all the different scales and whatnot....


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