The Minor Pentatonic

author: Small Toaster date: 04/01/2009 category: bass lessons

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The way I remember the Pentatonic Scale is by remembering the 5 Shapes and giving them rememberable names. (The following Scales are in E Minor) Shape 1
G|-0-2-|
D|-0-2-|
A|-0-2-|
E|-0-3-|
Give it a unique Name. Shape 2
G|-2-4-|
D|-2-5-|
A|-2-5-|
E|-3-5-|
Shape 3 (Quite a similar pattern to Shape 1)
G|-4-7-|
D|-5-7-|
A|-5-7-|
E|-5-7-|
Shape 4
G|-7-9--|
D|-7-9--|
A|-7-10-|
E|-7-10-|
Shape 5
G|-9--12-|
D|-9--12-|
A|-10-12-|
E|-10-12-|
Improvising The Minor Pentatonic May be used for Improvising and possibly Soloing. Making it a good thing to use. You may have noticed I stopped at the Twelth Fret. that's because there are only 12 Notes... E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C# D, D#. To go higher, just repeat those shapes. Also remember that these shapes are in the Key of Emin. To go to G for example, Shape 1 starts on the 3rd Fret, and the rest of the shapes follow after (and repeat behind) Here are all the Frets you can use using the Shapes.
G|-0-2-4-7--9-12-|
D|-0-2-5-7--9-12-|
A|-0-2-5-7-10-12-|
E|-0-3-5-7-10-12-|
So that means the notes you can use are... E, G, A, B, D. Remember to practice those Scales, try improvising with the Pentatonic and enjoy!
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