Pentatonic Lines 1

Hi guitar folks, Karlo here! A warm welcome to these lessons, I'll try to share some of the stuff I've figured out on my stringed wood over the years.

Pentatonic Lines 1
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Hi guitar folks, Karlo here! A warm welcome to these lessons, I'll try to share some of the stuff I've figured out on my stringed wood over the years :) In this first date, I'd like to talk about our beloved pentatonic scale, five notes that made historical riffs and solos. But, being structured by five notes, sometimes it's easy to fall in the box trap and playing in the same position over and over again (finding ourselves sweaty and drunk, lovely hating the guitar in that moment). Let's take a G minor pentatonic:
As Einstein said, it is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education, so why not try to re-arrange these notes? The following example is a way to see the pentatonic in a more horizontal view, and it is pleasingly bubble-sounding:
Obviously, this is an initial idea, we can freely move these lines up and down all over the fretboard, skipping more strings etc. (creativity will do the rest). It's important to spend a few words about the technique used for this line. While ascending, most of the work is done by our left hand. The first finger is hammering all the initial notes (the pick will take a nap! ) while the right hand just tap the fourth one. Note also that the all the useless strings must stay quiet, so we have to be careful, muting them with the right hand. Coming down, we will do the opposite movement, tapping with the right hand the first note and pulling off with the left hand while releasing all the other ones. I hope that this idea can help you developing your own lines, see ya in the next date! Cheers, Karlo :)

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    )v(egaFan90
    Alternate title: How to Kirk Hammett
    stonedhippos
    pentatonics = the bread and butter of nearly all metallica songs perfect example: the "ride the lightning" solo. pretty much all pentatonics in the beginning, besides the tapping. don't try to argue. you know it's true.
    jimbob32292
    Dude most of that song is composed by Dave Mustaine its even credited in the original album artwork. The best song that describes it is really generally most of his work up until the black album, which then he tended to use harmonic scales but generally the same thing and I love the title haha. Literally Kill em all is all based on pents he even does the same licks over and over again in his solos (which I may add were also mostly Mustaines solos).
    bones24
    Actually, all solos were done by Hammet with Hetfields influence. Mustaines solos were not used by Meallica.
    ThrashRaptor
    True enough, although Kirk tends to play them differently, and he's yet to do a lick which is played with the specific combination of string-skipping, tapping and left-hand taps from a muted or "dead" string. Probably knows how to, probably decent at it, if nothing else. That particular phrase strikes me as more Paul Gilbert or Steve Vai than Mr. Hammett, though. Just saying.
    thechaostheory
    I might be wrong here, but I believe that he/she was referring to how Kirk generally uses the pentatonic minor throughout his soloing. Not on the actual content of the lick and how it is played. And to be fair, Kirk does use more than just pentatonics occasionally, just most of his work is used with them.
    My Last Words
    "True enough, although Kirk tends to play them differently, and he's yet to do a lick which is played with the specific combinati-WAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWA HWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWAHWA. " Fixed.
    arabmetallion
    lol true, but I think his best work predominantly uses the melodic minor and harmonic minor scales (e.g. blackened, master of puppets, wherever I may roam, fade to black, the first half of the main solo in one, the second half of ride the lightning).
    TheSerb
    I really need to take a lesson for these scales and shit. I'm self-taught(practically without internet) and now I don't understand half of the things people write about in these articles :/
    gypsyblues7373
    Try this for a quick dive into it: look up the pentatonic scale in the key of A on here or google it. Learn one of the positions thoroughly (shouldn't take long, they're simple). Type in "backing track in A" in youtube and find one you like (preferably a slow one so you're not struggling to keep up with it while playing a scale that's new to you), then just play the A pentatonic scale over it to get a feel for how it fits.
    ConcertShooter
    Why has every lesson thread have to involve some band and then an ensuing argument about band personalities. It's childish and I suspect that most doing the arguing are under 25. Focus on the lesson. The scales and theory and leave the favorite band personalities for another forum. Do these personalities pay you to promote them? What do you gain by engaging in childish arguments that amount to nothing in the end and in no way help augment (a theory term by the way) the lesson being presented? Two words: grow up!
    lfmaestri
    I said it once before and I'll say it again: To get outside the pentatonic box, try to hammer on, or pull off some notes that are not inside the Pentatonic. Example: E - G - A - B - D - It's the natural sequence of notes if you want to hammer all that and skip strings or all that stuff that you use to cause a huge impression. So why not try to make this way.: E - F# - G - B - D or E - F# - G - A Try to make that and you'll experience a good stuff. In other words, I always try to escape the pentatonic, hitting notes that completes the entire minor or major scale. Great hugs.
    MetalChurch181
    I still say it is best if people just forget completely about Pentatonic Scales and use the major or minor as their first scale so people can avoid the box problem. That is what I tell everyone at my place. Just saying