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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    -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.
    kaj202
    thx this really helped me get all the scales or is there more i need to know
    F8iscruel
    ok i neeed some help. firstly how do i combine these to make a solo do i just stat with the root note and end an octive up or is there more to it than that i really wanna no because i wnat ot expand my abilites as a guitarist and i need to climb this hurdle before i can move on also how do i do a solo over chords and thats it plz post a response it would greatly hel p a fellow guitarist become better :
    F8iscruel
    ok so do i just so is the minor scale different from the minor penatonic, if so then thats all i need to no if not, then why od some version of the scle have 3 frets per string rather that 2 like these ones if u played out the box
    IronNecrosis
    AWESOME perfect exactly what I needed just I'm a super n00b so .... .> .... I'll make sweet love to you if you put the roots in bold
    -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.
    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
    slash&angus
    I think the beginning of G is WRONG. Look on my site it's different www.freewebs.com/areyouaguitarpro
    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"?
    goldenchopstick
    Man how do you make solos sound GOOD. I mean, i use pentatonic but all my improv solos sound either the same or just terrible =/
    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.
    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-
    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
    Darkdevil725
    I cant find a scale lesson anywhere that makes sense, they all look like this which for me they might as well be binary or something.
    GuitarLegacy243
    I do not get this at all. I know several major and blues scales.....I do not understand what "forms" are, or "shapes"....
    Escalier
    ahh, the shapes repeat themselves as they go up the neck. like form 1, form 2, 3, 4, 5, and then back to shape one. now i'm starting to get it.
    Slavemaster1120
    So basically... we have the minor pentatonic scale on all of the neck right? all those notes correspond to the scale they're listed right? if so! this is what I've been looking for! thanks!
    ronaldguilmet
    GuitarLegacy243 wrote: I do not get this at all. I know several major and blues scales.....I do not understand what "forms" are, or "shapes"....
    it's nothing more than showing you where you can play the notes in the minor key. breaking into small sections then moving across them section to play the whole neck
    ronaldguilmet
    Seether13 wrote: So how do you know what fingerings/ box to use?
    Depends on what Key you're in. The root note/key determines where you start. for ex Em starts with E, so it's open E etc. Am if I remember starts on the 5th fret. start with the root of what key you're in and work up the notes in that key. for ex. Em EGABD Bm is BDEF#A find the notes for that key and you should be able to figure it out
    ronaldguilmet
    StevieRamone wrote: The first note on the 2nd string of E minor is Ab. Shouldn't it be A, on the second fret?
    Second string on the Em here is 3rd fret making it D. I think you might be referring to the 5th string which listed here is 1st fret making it Ab. It should be 2nd fret making it a B. notes in Em pent go E-G-A-B-D then repeat. He prob made a typo.
    southpaw_tdg
    a really easy trick to find out what key your scales is in is where ever you have the basic blues shape (the second shape at the top of the lesson) find what note the g string is at and thats your key... if that made any sense
    Shin17
    i have noob question why is the A Pentatonic Minor don't start in A note
    slashepiphone20
    i havnt really gone very deep into the whole scales thing but id like 2. this lesson did help me becuase i know that slash ( my fave guiarist) used the minor pentatonic. once ive memorised the whole lot, how do i use them in solos because ive hit a wall wit the guitar and want 2 get better by used these scales. help!
    adikt87
    great stuff just what i needed, althought some explanation of the various positions would be good, they can be placed anywhere on the fretboard? or just at the roots?
    HughF
    *sings* you left the open notes, out of pentantic AAAAA-eeeAAAAA
    diegoguitar
    i dont really get how to use this scales... how to combine them or what to doo..?? help plz..