Let's take a look at a pattern of notes taken from the first position minor pentatonic scale. In this pattern you'll only be using the bottom 2 strings.
Now let's do the same thing with the major pentatonic. You'll notice that the only difference in this pattern is that we're now playing the 10th fret instead of the 11th fret. Pretty simple I think.
Now let's take the first pattern and move it to the G and B strings and now we have this.
We can do the same thing for the major pentatonic to give use the pattern below. Again be sure to take note of the differences.
Here's a common Eric Clapton style lick utilizing the minor pentatonic in the first position.
We can then take the same lick and move it to the G and B strings to give us this.
Now let's take the same lick and convert it to the major pentatonic.
And once again let's move the lick to the G and B strings.
Finally in this example we'll combine both patterns to give us a lick you'll hear Clapton play on such tunes as Tore Down.
And once again moving the lick to the G and B strings.
A lot of times taking a simple pattern and moving it to different positions can really start to open up the fretboard. It's great to know all your scales, but sometimes it's very easy to just take a simple pattern like this and start moving it around for some new inspiration. Clapton uses these 2 patterns a lot in his playing and when you get the urge to throw out a Clapton style riff, try one of these patterns.
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By John W. Tuggle. To learn more about playing in the style of Eric Clapton check out my 2 full courses I've created: Play Like Clapton. For more about learning blues and slide guitar please visit Learning Guitar Now.