Firstly, this might sound strange but I want to stay in the box (the most common shape of the minor pentatonic) today… What we're going to do is add an arpeggio and a diatonic scale within or near "the box" and that'll add variance to what we're doing, but still be within a box or area.
Most Common Minor Pentatonic Box Shape
Pentatonic w/blue notes (flat 5/b5)
D Mixolydian Shape (Relative to "E" Natural Minor/"E" Aeolian)
E minor Arpeggios
Jumping from and between these ideas instantaneously adds intervalic variance… In layman's terms the space between the notes changes from scale to scale (Pentatonic to diatonic or Arpeggio to pentatonic etc). Let's look at what makes up all the scales and how they look in relation to the diatonic scale.
- Em Diatonic scale: E F# G A B C D (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
- Em Penatonic scale: E G A B D (1 3 4 5 7)
- Em Arpeggio: E G B (1 3 5)
Have fun with it guys and check out my YouTube tutorial too!
By Chris Zoupa