But I persisted and the more I messed around with this concept, the less bland and ordinary the pentatonic sounded. I came up with this little lick in "B" minor. It keeps the pentatonic box shape familiar but has the added in 5th interval idea (see diagram below).
In the lick above there are a few some string skips to be wary of. Once you get used to it and incorporate it into your playing this simple idea can add an enormous amount of colour to your solo writing or improvisational palate. Keep in mind that when you hit the 4th note of the pentatonic (in B minor that's F#) the 5th interval from that is the minor 2nd (in B minor that's C#). Regardless of what key you're in that makes this lick is only useable in Aeolian/Natural minor and Dorian minor keys as the Phrygian minor has a flat 2nd which will clash with the natural minor 2nd in this lick.
Have fun with this one guys and happy shredding!
By Chris Zoupa