Minor Pentatonic Scales

This is a guid to to show every pentatonic on the neck and in every key "A B C D E F G."

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There are only 5 forms. Remember, these are not there placments on the neck just the fingering/blue print.
E-|--|0-|--|0-|   
B-|--|0-|--|0-|      
G-|0-|--|--|0-|
D-|0-|--|--|0-|
A-|--|0-|--|0-|
E-|--|0-|--|0-|                             

E-|0-|--|--|0-|
B-|0-|--|--|0-|
G-|0-|--|0-|--|
D-|0-|--|0-|--|
A-|0-|--|0-|--|
E-|0-|--|--|0-|                                

E-|--|0-|--|0-|
B-|--|0-|--|0-|
G-|0-|--|0-|--|
D-|0-|--|--|0-|
A-|0-|--|--|0-|
E-|--|0-|--|0-|                               

E-|--|0-|--|0-|--|
B-|--|0-|--|--|0-|
G-|0-|--|--|0-|--|
D-|--|0-|--|0-|--|
A-|--|0-|--|0-|--|
E-|--|0-|--|0-|--|

E-|0-|--|--|0-|
B-|--|0-|--|0-|
G-|0-|--|0-|--|
D-|0-|--|0-|--|
A-|0-|--|--|0-|
E-|0-|--|--|0-|
I'm gona explain what's below so it doesn't look like chicken scrath. It is the forms above placed in difrent position on the neck.
Pentatonic A:
e-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
B-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|--|
D-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|--|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|

Pentatonic B:
e-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
B-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
G-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|
D-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
A-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
E-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|

Pentatonic C:
e-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
B-|--|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
G-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|23|--|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
A-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|

Pentatonic D:
e-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
B-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|--|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|--|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|

Pentatonic E:
e0|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|18|19|--|--|20|--|24|
B0|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|
G0|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
D0|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
A0|1-|--|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
E0|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|

Pentatonic F:
e-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
B-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
G-|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
D-|1-|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|
A-|1-|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
E-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|

Pentatonic G:
e-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|
B-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
G-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|--|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
E-|--|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|

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    Jab aka. Kirby
    Great. This is what I was looking for!!! You should have put in which notes were root notes tho, because for absolute beginners, or those with no concept of scales or any kind of music theory will probably wonder about them or how you know which scale is where. Also, you should say that all the scales use the same shaping just at diffrent roots, so all you have to do is pretty much learn the shape and slide it down the neck to the root of your choice... Great tutorial tho, 8!
    sully111
    try to learn the second box down, whereever the note you wont on top e is that will start you off just rember what is infont off and behind it
    loge
    StevieRamone wrote: The first note on the 2nd string of E minor is Ab. Shouldn't it be A, on the second fret?
    has to be.... finally got this, had to jump back a bit in theory.. a great post..
    loge
    forget what i posted above, wrong post.. isn`t there some kind of form you can remember? instead of remembering all of that??
    loge
    i did not get that "box" either, could someone please explain without any sarcasm or attitude?
    Broken-pick
    E-|--|0-|--|0-| B-|--|0-|--|0-| G-|0-|--|--|0-| D-|0-|--|--|0-| A-|--|0-|--|0-| E-|--|0-|-- |0-| This is supposed to be picked or strum?
    deega06
    thanx a mill finaly sumtin i understand but how do i know what key the song is in, thats probably a retarded question but please dnt judge me
    hendrixman91
    yah just what i was looking for tried to figure it out myself but this saved a lot of time. THX dude
    xacks_03
    I have a question.. if im gonna memorize all of this pentatonic scales.. so how can i use this to improvise or use for soloing or making a lead???
    Gosman
    All good except for the misplelling chicken SCRATCH! hahahajk
    JacktheHobson
    this is gona sound confusing but here goes..... with the fingerings... do they all mean the same thing...say if i did each fingering on the 5th fret on the E string...would they all mean Aminor pentatonic? tell me if im wrong please
    matt \,,/
    ???im confused.....i understand what you mean by playing the notes in a certain order so they sound good, its jst that every lesson about scales i go onto its always got a different bunch of notes in the same part of the neck..jst dont know what one to practice an i end up mixing them up....
    Vman666
    yeh...root notes...I know which ones they are...but probably shoulda put em in anyway...
    The Avery
    there are 12 key signatures. you should do this lesson in all twelve keyes, ie: "A,A#/Bb,B,B#/C,C#/Db,D,D#/Eb,E,E#/F,F#/Gb,G,G#/Ab." by the way, if any of you are wondering why i say A#/Bb and so on, it is because those notes are enharmonic(meaning that they are the same note, but would be called one or the other depending on the key signature).
    loserboyjay
    So the minor pentatonic is derived from the minor scale right? What notes are left out?
    B345T
    Are there any lessons on the WHY of this lesson?? I mean for example, taking a pentatonic in the key of E why which box shapes are placed where they are? I mean, to me it seems you take the 2nd pattern, play it starting on the correct note on the low E string, then put in the 4th and 1st boxes after it and repeat for whatever key. The 3rd and 5th shapes seem to nicely overlap and disappear into the background. What are the individual box shapes called or how are they referred to? I realise one is the major and one is the minor pentatonic shape, what are the others? Im ever so slightly lost amongst this information. Maybe im thinking too much.
    -XII-
    Damnit.. correction sorry.
    For example using the second shape in the key of C - G(the root)A# C D F G. Each note in the G Minor Pentatonic scale will be on of these.So you started out at the root(included as one tone) and another 4 tones later you're back to the root note G.
    Should be: C(the root), D#, F, G, A#, C. Each note in the C Minor Pentatonic scale... you're back to the root note C . And the diagram for that basic shape should have the two little icons beneath each 0 on the bottom line.
    -XII-
    a step Minor to Minor Pentatonic - Remove the 2nd and 6th tones Now the most important thing... Why the hell did I type all this out? Because I'm bored and found it quite hard to find one source that explained everything clearly to me so I decided to share what I knew. If you really wanna succeed learn every note on the fret board it'll make it so much easier. For root positions just google "Minor Pentatonic Scale" there are plenty out there. I'm pretty sure this is all right if not at least it should give you a basic idea of this scale.
    -XII-
    Helpful but not so beginner friendly. I'm pretty new to the whole concept of scales but I have learnt this scale and I'm pretty familiar with it. Not to say I can actually use it well lol...
    loge wrote: i did not get that "box" either, could someone please explain without any sarcasm or attitude?
    Each note is picked individually in sequence. For example starting on the low E and playing all the notes indicated on that string one after another then moving down to the A string and playing all the notes indicated, then down to the D string etc. In Minor Pentatonic scale there will be only two notes played per string for a total of 12 notes in each of the 7 shapes. You can start anywhere within the shape, in fact its recommended when using scales to improvise, and go up or down through it for different sounds. For practice however start at the low E for each shape go right down to high E then play the shape backwards up towards the low E. I learned all of them in a couple of hours this way. E-|0-|--|--|0-| This is the basic pentatonic scale B-|0-|--|--|0-| shape. * This is the first note you G-|0-|--|0-|--| play, ^ this is the second and this D-|0-|--|0-|--| continues up through each string. A-|0-|--|0-|--| E-|0-|--|--|0-| * ^
    JacktheHobson wrote: this is gona sound confusing but here goes..... with the fingerings... do they all mean the same thing...say if i did each fingering on the 5th fret on the E string...would they all mean Aminor pentatonic? tell me if im wrong please
    No. Using the basic scale shape mentioned above or in reference to the lesson the second shape in the first set of diagrams, this will give you the starting point for the scale in each key, at least I have found that's the easiest way to learn it. The last notes you play in each shape will be the first you play in the one that follows, they're all in order in the first set of diagrams returning to the first when you reach the last shape. Therefore shapes will also share roots, though will not neccessarily start on them at the low E string. They can be played at any position, this just alters the key of the scale. The root notes in each scale dictate what key it is in. For example a C Minor Pentatonic scale's root notes are all C's. The roots fall in different places from shape to shape and are all 5 notes apart within each shape, hence "Pentatonic" meaning 5 tones. Therefore knowing one of the roots in a shape you can find the others. For example using the second shape in the key of C - G(the root)A# C D F G. Each note in the G Minor Pentatonic scale will be on of these. So you started out at the root(included as one tone) and another 4 tones later you're back to the root note G. The root in the second shape is the first note you will play, that being on the low E string. Therefore I use the second shape to easily determine or find which key I want to play in, finding that note on the low E string (remember the first note in the second shape is a root note) and working through all the shapes down the neck. E(open string), F(1st fret), F#/Gb(2nd fret etc.), G, G#/Ab, A, A#/Bb, B, C, C#/Db, D, D#/Eb, E(12th fret) Therefore if you were to start with the second shape at the 5th fret for example, that's the A minor pentatonic scale, and working down the fret board through each shape in the order shown in the first set of diagrams will also be part of the A Minor Pentatonic scale. You can also play up the fretboard backwards through the shapes to learn the entire scale. Don't forget that all shapes link and the last notes played on each string will be the first played in the next shape. Playing each shape at the same position will result in different keys as the position of the roots change from shape to shape. To use A as your example at the 5th fret, the second shape will be in the key of A and be the A Minor Pentatonic Scale. The shape that follows that will be in the key of F#/Gb as the roots have changed.
    loserboyjay wrote: So the minor pentatonic is derived from the minor scale right? What notes are left out?
    Yep and the Minor scale is derived from the Major scale which is easy to figure out. For example C Major is just C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. Major scales have octaves between roots rather than five tones. Minor scales have the 3rd, 6th and 7th tones lowered half a step which is called "flatting". So to get C Minor we simply lower the 3rd, 6th and 7th half a step(1 fret). C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C Minor Pentatonic scales are derived from Minor scales simply by removing the 2nd and 6th tones from the scale. C, D#, F, G, A#, C This is the C Minor Pentatonic scale. From root to root its 5 notes, the first C is included. The flatted notes are enharmonic with sharpened notes, that is they are the same. This is weird I know and I believe depends on the key which is used. Either way they're exactly the same as the flattened tones so don't worry. Again Major to Minor - lower the 3rd, 6th and 7th tones half
    rosecityboy1990
    |18|19|--|--|20|--|24| |--|19|--|21|--|--|24| |--|19|--|21 |--|--|24| |--|19|--|--|22|--|24| |--|19|--|--|22|--|24| in this part shouldnt the "20" on the 1st string be "22"?
    CowboyFromHell5
    can someone maybe make one post of one of these scales boxed and maybe have each root note in bold or something? im a little confused and this would help a LOT of people.
    slash&angus
    I think the beginning of G is WRONG. Look on my site it's different www.freewebs.com/areyouaguitarpro
    anaz
    wow amigo...at my first view kinda hard to understand...but thanx a lot for the tips....
    minichibi
    Awesome, but theres an error. Take a look at the diagram for pentatonic in E... The second note (the one played after the open) on the A string is a Bb... It should be a B. Scoot it one fret up, from the first fret to the second fret.
    acdcrock2000
    thanks for this, it's a really good help. I only reall know one posistion of the pentatonic so it's good to know there's more. thanks
    HughF
    *sings* you left the open notes, out of pentantic AAAAA-eeeAAAAA