Note that a minor pentatonic has identical notes with c major pentatonic but in different order. G 1st or root, bb flat 3rd, c 4th, d 5th, and f flat 7th. The guitar neck diagram shows you the big picture for the g minor pentatonic scale. The slow blues in g jam track for solo 4 is a good one to practice on because its slow and the changes dont happen that fast. G minor pentatonic scale open g tuning the note formula for the minor pentatonic scale is the 1, 3b, 4, 5, and 7b notes of the root notes major scale scale. That means first make sure you can play the g minor sound either using box 1 with the 1st finger or box 5 with the 3rd finger. A m6 pentatonic is a minor pentatonic scale where the b7 is replaced with a 6th. The minor pentatonic scale by paul tauterouff the minor pentatonic scale is one of the most commonly scales used in rock, blues, country and jazz music. E d g b e a pentaton c minor scale box 1 glitarsik. Figure 1a applies this concept to the g minor pentatonic scale. Diagonal pentatonic scale patterns by paul tauterouff.
The a minor pentatonic comes from the natural minor scale. For this example we take the most commonly used position for the minor pentatonic scale. As a teacher i find that many of the intermediate or advanced level students who come to study with me may already know the 5 pentatonic patterns or boxes, but tend to have difficulty shifting between the patterns or positions when soloing. The basics of the minor pentatonic scale for guitar soundfly. A minor pentatonic scale 1st pattern the notes of the a minor pentatonic scale are a, c, d, e, and g.
Major pentatonic scales in open position closed mobile major pentatonic scales forms horizontal. The major pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales on the guitar. The 5 minor pentatonic scale patterns learning to play. The pentatonic scale is perhaps our most versatile collection of notes for improvising and playing melodically.
To derive the minor pentatonic scale from the natural. Mar 17, 2018 the major pentatonic scale is one of the most widely used scales on the guitar. The scale formula for the minor pentatonic 1 b3 4 5 b7. But theres a simpler way start with a major pentatonic scale notes. The scale itself is the same as the minor pentatonic with the addition of one extra note. If you are playing in a minor key, use that minor pentatonic. Diagonal pentatonics ive encountered countless intermediate guitar players who find themselves stuck inside the pentatonic box. G minor pentatonic scale diagrams g minor pentatonic fretboard diagram.
Here is the equation of the minor pentatonic, have a look at how it relates to the natural minor scale. Minor pentatonic the 5 patterns all of the 5 pentatonic scale patterns overlap in the same way with some being easier shapes to play than others. Jun 28, 2016 this is a g minor pentatonic scale because the first note we play sixth string, third fret is a g note. The notes used in the g minor pentatonic scale are. There are numerous ways of playing a g major pentatonic scale on guitar. The big deal with the major pentatonic scale has the same visual shapes as the minor pentatonic so it is essential that you focus on where the root note is.
Place finger 2 on the 8th fret and you will play the c major scale because the note at the 8th fret of the 6th string is the note c. Theyve learned some of the standard box shapes, derived from the caged system, for the major pentatonic and minor pentatonic scales, but now they find they cant break out of those shapes. The guitar major scale is happy upbeat and useful in a variety of styles of music. If playing in c major use a minor pentatonic also know as c major pentatonic. Nov 08, 2019 a tab example has been provided for each of the new patterns. The 6th note of any major scale is the root of the relative minor scale. Figure 1 below shows the five patterns or boxes on the banjo fingerboard. Master the minor pentatonic scale using the whole fretboard. A c eb g it is worth noticing that this is an inversion of a cm6 chord. The diagram below shows all the notes in the g minor pentatonic from frets 3 through 15.
So if the 1st note was g, the scale would be built on that note and it would become g minor pentatonic. No doubt about it, this fivenote scale packs a punch. The notes of the scale are g bb c d f which are the same notes in both g minor and bb major pentatonic. The natural minor is the aeolian mode of the relative major scale. Oct 04, 2018 the basic concept is that a given major or minor chord can be played in five positions on the fretboard c,a, g,e,d surrounding each of these chord positions is both a major and minor pentatonic. Scales you can use in the real world, created by a human guitarist. The only difference is which root notes you choose to target. That will keep your root note of the minor pentatonic scale the same as the major pentatonic scale. The first two patterns are built with the g minor pentatonic scale g bb c d f.
That makes the scale an g minor pentatonic scale with the notes g, bb, c, d, and f. So place finger 1 at the 3rd fret and you will play the g minor pentatonic scale because the note on the 3rd fret of the 6th string is the note g. Pentatonic patterns for improvisation sample preparatory exercises below is an example of what i call pentatonic exercise 1 in the key of c major. The g minor pentatonic scale can be divided into patterns. Now lets play the g minor pentatonic scale in the second position.
The notesintervals for the minor pentatonic scale can be found all over the fretboard. A minor pentatonic it is important that if you are going to learn to improvise with this scale that you learn how it sounds. The minor pentatonic penta five scale is a five note scale with no second or sixth degrees. Learn how to use the five pentatonic box shapes in realtime soloing over a groove or song. This collection of patterns serves as a resource of practice material to improve your technique with the pentatonic scale in all keys. The tab shows how the pattern can be used to play either a 1 octave or a 2 octave c major pentatonic scale. Pentatonic scale patterns 5 pentatonic scale positions. Whatever note you put that one becomes the name of the scale.
The pentatonic scale can be played in different positions. The major pentatonic scale has an intervallic pattern of a m2, m2, m3, m2, and a final. If you are playing in a major key, then use the relative minor pentatonic scale. As you will learn, these patterns can be transferred to all keys. In order to tune your 2nd b string to your 3rd g string, you will need to. The minor pentatonic scale uses the 1a, 3c, 4d, 5e, 7g notes of the scale. Applying the minor pentatonic scale to the fretboard. There are three ways youll want to learn your major pentatonic scale forms.
It is similar to the natural minor scale, the alteration is that you need to omit the second and the sixth notes from the minor scale. Sep 15, 2018 even better, the minor pentatonic works well over both major and minor chord progressions. The root notes a in these examples are circled so that you can learn their locations. One of the best ways to start becoming comfortable with a new scale or pattern is to try and create a few interesting riffs with that scale. The a minor pentatonic scale contains exactly the same notes as the c major pentatonic, were just starting from a different place. A minor pentatonic contains scale degrees 1, b3, 4, 5, and b7. Note that a minor pentatonic has identical notes with c major pentatonic but in. Guitar scales printable charts of the most commonly used scales. This is a g minor pentatonic scale because the first note we play sixth string, third fret is a g note. Pentatonic scales for guitar a pentatonic scale has just 5 notes. The pentatonic scale is frequently used in lots of popular music styles. Scale compendium, often referred to as the major 326 or minor 330 pentatonic scale 4, play the shapes found in the exercises, but replace the written notes with the notes of your chos en scale. C major pentatonic uke scale w,w,wh,w,wh on the soprano.
Strum a g minor chord, then play with the notes in the pattern. So, for example, try creating a few guitar riffs using the g minor pentatonic scale in the third position beginning on the 8th fret. That means that the cm6 pentatonic sale is a great option for this chord. Also, the pentatonic scale can be easily turned into the blues scale by adding the blues notes. The notes of the a minor pentatonic scale are a, c, d, e, and g. The lesson steps then explain how to construct the scale using the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th minor scale notes. A tab example has been provided for each of the new patterns. C eb f g bb and the cm6 pentatonic will be c eb f g a. G major e minor pentatonic scale guitar scales the pentatonic scale is a favorite of many guitarists and its easy to see why. In this example we use the a minor pentatonic scale which consists of the notes. So basically, as with major scales, the minor pentatonic scale is the relative 6th minor of the major pentatonic scale.
Pentatonic scales for the banjo m3, whole, whole, m3, whole. Look at pattern 1 below and notice that the r is on the 6th string played with the finger 1. Pattern 2 overlaps with pattern 1 so that the bottom notes of pattern 2 are the same as the top notes of pattern 1. Youll find below the 5 different positionsshapes of the c major pentatonic uke scale in standard tuning gcea, along with their ascending tab patterns. Learn the g minor pentatonic scale note positions and names on the piano, treble clef and bass clef, with mp3. Piano scales chart printable scales fingerings exercises theory. There are both pentatonic major and minor the minor is slightly more often used. The scale is made up of five notes per octave, thats why it has the word penta, meaning 5 in greek. Remember that the scale patterns may contain notes that extend the scale, either upwards or downwards. Pentatonic scales have only five notes penta means five. Learn your major pentatonic scale and practice pentatonic exercise 1 in all 12 keys. Clicking here and on the image below will open a pdf file of the guitar major scale chart that prints nicely. See the scale patterns, suggested fingerings and alternate fingerings here. Then make sure you can play the g major blues sound.
The pentatonic scale is one of the first things we learn on the guitar, and. Strum a g minor chord, then play the notes of the g minor pentatonic scale. So, let us deconstruct this scale and look at the intervals that make up a minor pentatonic scale. Lets take a look at what makes up this scale and how its applied to the guitar fretboard. This popular scale is frequently the first scale a guitarist. Most of the choices are using the standard minor pentatonic scale and i.
The red dots indicate a root note and the black dots indicate a note in the scale. The versatility and playability of the scale makes it a popular choice for use in guitar soloing and melodies. If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way. For a quick summary to this topic, have a look at pentatonic scale. The 5 minor pentatonic scale patterns learning to play the. The basic concept is that a given major or minor chord can be played in five positions on the fretboard c,a,g,e,d surrounding each of these chord positions is. Finger one is the key of the major pentatonic say g and the 3rd finger is em. Learn how to escape the tight, often limiting confines of box scale patterns. In this exercise we play our major pentatonic scale over the entire range of our instrument up and back down again. Combining minor and major pentatonic scales guitarhabits. Cs relative minor pentatonic scale, a minor pentatonic, begins on the 6 th scale degree of the major pentatonic scale shown above. D minor pentatonic has the same notes as f major pentatonic and so it goes. The solution below shows the g minor pentatonic scale, on the piano, bass and treble clef. The 14 most common and usable guitar scales printable and ready to use 1.1029 1667 1465 809 194 808 979 1280 568 552 73 507 1380 489 1591 315 1589 397 240 664 1525 969 158 1257 591 146 258 512 1129 1153 476 636 1605 1454 464 1638 1646 967 1290 590 510 992 416 347 441 1459 169