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Posted on Nov 09, 2016 08:31 am
The pentatonic scale is every guitar player's favorite tool. It sounds good in most musical contexts, is super easy to memorize, and holds tons of cool usable licks that are simple to learn.
That being said, it can sound quite predictable and sometimes make your solo sound like any others. Today's lesson will teach you five super simple tricks you can use to make those pentatonic lines sound fresh and exciting!
Hack 1: Combining Positions
This one is very simple but can produce interesting lines that may not sound like your typical pentatonic lick. The idea is to take a few adjacent pentatonic positions and combine them together to create new shapes. Forcing yourself to stick to those newly built shapes will help you come up with new musical lines.
Hack 2: Bending Approach
The idea here is to take a simple pentatonic position, and approach each of its note with a half step bend. This technique will give your lines a cool Jeff Beck sound and make your licks sound more organic and less predictable.
Hack 3: Pentatonic Modes
This hack is one of my all times favorites. The idea here is to extract from full modes all the relative pentatonic scales. In the shown G Dorian example we can use G minor pentatonic, A minor pentatonic and D minor pentatonic.
Hack 4: Outside Pentatonic
This trick will help you add an interesting fusion sound to your phrasing. The idea is to slide in and out of the given pentatonic scale a half step above or below.
Hack 5: Chromatic Pentatonic
This idea consists in adding chromatic passages between each notes within each strings of a standard minor pentatonic position. Think in terms of rhythm when you improvise using this togged a very cool effect.
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