Minor Pentatonic - Intro
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- Em shape
Minor Pentatonic Em shape
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- Am shape
Minor Pentatonic Am shape
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- Dm shape
Minor Pentatonic Dm shape
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- Gm shape
Minor Pentatonic Gm shape
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- Cm shape
Minor Pentatonic Cm shape
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- Connect Shapes
Connect Minor Pentatonic Shapes
- Cycle Of 4ths
Minor Pentatonic Cycle Of 4ths
Minor Pentatonic Improvisation
The Gm shape is the easiest shape to remember since it appears in such a symmetrical way on the neck.
Ironically, it is probably the least used shape.
The Gm shape moves to the left on the fretboard in the same way as the Cm shape does.
Because of this, the Gm shape ends up with the exact same big minor 3rd intervals, but this time on string 4 and 3.
The pentatonic is your frame work, keep reinforcing the pattern until there is no hesitation.
Achieve this by running the exercise through the cycle of 4ths, notate BPM in the Work Book (a part of The Spy Tunes Method) as you go along.
The Gm shaped Minor Pentatonic
One of the most common tricks the Gm shape goes through is to borrow the low min 3rd (string 5) from it when playing in the Em shape.
By doing this you get to play the min third with your index finger, rather than your little finger (string 6).
As you might have noticed, min thirds in other shapes that fall under the index finger tend to be bent towards the maj 3rd.
How many min thirds can you find that fall under your index finger in other shapes?
How many can you get by borrowing from other shapes, just like the Em shape does from Gm?