#1
So I've been learning some scales and chords and my friend showed me 2 different pentatonic scales. The problem is I'm not sure what key each of the pentatonics are. Also if theres any trick to pentatonic's please let me know. Thanks.

Heres the first:
E|--------------------------------5--8--
B|--------------------------5--8--------
G|--------------------5--7--------------
D|--------------5--7--------------------
A|--------5--7--------------------------
E|--5--8--------------------------------

The second:
E|--------------------------------------4--6--7--
B|-----------------------------4--5--7-----------
G|--------------------3--4--6--------------------
D|--------------4--6-----------------------------
A|-----4--6--7-----------------------------------
E|--7--------------------------------------------
#2
They arent in a specific key, you can move them around to be in any key. Wherever the root not is, thats what key it's in.

The second scale isnt a pentatonic scale, but the same rule applies.
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#3
If you assume that the first note of each pattern is the root note of the scale then the first one is an A minor pentatonic pattern, the second one is B major.

Those patterns are pretty useless in themselves though, shapes like that can represent several scales. Scales themselves are defined by the notes they contain, the intervals they contain and also the tonal centre, ie what note everything wants to resolve to. The patterns are just where bits of the scale happen to appear, you can't learn anything without knowing all the underlying knowledge though.

If you want to learn theory first learn the notes on the fretboard, then read the frist couple of Crusade articles by Josh Urban in the Columns section and get yourself started on the major scale.
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#4
Honestly, don't start off with pentatonics. That's the lazy way of doing things, and overdone as well. In my opinion, learn all of your major and minor scales before anything else. At least then you can get a grasp of some theory and chords.

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#5
The first one is a minor pentatonic if thats what you are trying to ask.
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#6
Wow fast response. Thanks for help. Yeh, I was kind of confused in regards to Majors, Minors, and Pentatonics. Anyway I guess I'll start to learn the major and minor then continue onto pentatonics. Thanks!
#8
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http://www.chordbook.com/guitarscales.php

^^try that site on for size. it'll give you a bunch of differnt scales types, and you pick the key and it will show it to you, and you can make it play it also so you get a feel of what it sounds like.


Wow, that interactive scale type is great! Thanks!
#9
well if your looking to play them fast, I hear that two notes per string pentatonics are waaay harder then three notes per string pentatonics.

ask your friend what key they're in, I usually just play them in standard.
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well if your looking to play them fast, I hear that two notes per string pentatonics are waaay harder then three notes per string pentatonics.

ask your friend what key they're in, I usually just play them in standard.

what would be the point in that exactly?
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So I've been learning some scales and chords and my friend showed me 2 different pentatonic scales. The problem is I'm not sure what key each of the pentatonics are. Also if theres any trick to pentatonic's please let me know. Thanks.

Heres the first:
E|--------------------------------5--8--
B|--------------------------5--8--------
G|--------------------5--7--------------
D|--------------5--7--------------------
A|--------5--7--------------------------
E|--5--8--------------------------------

The second:
E|--------------------------------------4--6--7--
B|-----------------------------4--5--7-----------
G|--------------------3--4--6--------------------
D|--------------4--6-----------------------------
A|-----4--6--7-----------------------------------
E|--7--------------------------------------------



Steven Seagul is correct. Now if u can record a repetitive back track on your PC or whatever recorder u have, you can somehow understand your given scale examples.

For example 1, try making a backtrack using chords A, D, & E or E, D, A and see what it sounds like. Now since its a minor scale, u can also try using the C, Am, F, & G chord progressions.

For example 2, record chords B, E, and F# or F#, E, & B or B, Abm, E, & F#.

A little bit of theory study along the way will spice you up.

See how sweet the sound will be. Enjoy and keep it up!