Improvising with knowledge: lesson 1In this lesson, we will talk about the fundamental scales needed for soloing over minor chords. Many of you have already heard of the minor pentatonic scale. It is the best place to start for guitar improvisation over a minor chord. (Don't worry, there's a major pentatonic scale for major chords too.)
First, you will need to know the notes across the E-string. This string serves as your method of placing the minor pentatonic scale. A G minor pentatonic scale must be positioned at the note G, and a D minor pentatonic scale must be positioned at the note D.
Once you know the notes across the E-string, you can place the minor pentatonic scale wherever you need! One of the best ways to practice this is to play the scales in this order:
- Em pentatonic scale
- Fm pentatonic scale
- Gm pentatonic scale
- Am pentatonic scale
- Bm pentatonic scale
- Cm pentatonic scale
- Dm pentatonic scale
About the Author:
Greg Studley is an author of "A Guitarist's Guide to Improvising With Knowledge" and "Speed, Accuracy and Technique for Guitar."