How To Play Guitar video series, part 2!
In this video I first talk about the open position chords becoming barre chords.
As you learn how to do this using the cycle of 4ths exercise you will also learn the names of all the notes on the fret board.
Simply call out the name of the chord as you play the exercise.
It is very important that you take the time to understand the connection here between the chord shape and the minor pentatonic scale shape.
Simply practice as the minor pentatonic exercises suggest, always start by playing the chord shape, followed by the scale, followed by the chord shape.
This approach will manifest the chord shape with the scale shape. Since you are still moving around the cycle of 4ths as you practice this you will still hammer home the notes on the fretboard.
The Major Pentatonic is what separates the content bedroom guitarist with the guitarist who wants to go to the next level.
Many players get away with playing all their solos using the minor pentatonic “box shapes” as a blanket scale, don’t limit yourself, learn all major pentatonic shapes as well and take the step to understanding music, on the guitar!
All major barre chord shapes can be paired with a major pentatonic shape.
Once you completed the cycle of 4ths exercise in all keys, calling out the names of the notes you will now know:
- All minor chord shapes
- All major chord shapes
- All minor pentatonic shapes
- All major pentatonic shapes
Play like Jimi Hendrix!
Should you pair the minor and major pentatonic with each chord of a progression you will be able to play like Jimi Hendrix.
At 2:30 and on into the video I demonstrate this by playing over the chord progression from Little Wing.
The reason Hendrix played in such an obvious way might well have been down to the three piece format his band was in.
As the only chord and solo instrument in the band Hendrix combined chords with pentatonic licks in a call and response manner with his vocal.
This filled out the sound of the band nicely and have become the benchmark of what most guitar players want to sound like.
You can play just like this as long as you get all your pentatonic and barre chord shapes down, it really is a s simple as that.
Follow the chords
In the final part of the video I talk about how it’s easier to play notes close to the chord or pentatonic scale than it is to just guess.
I relate this to a singer who would do this naturally. As long as you start thinking in shapes along with chord shapes and progressions you will become like the singer and have your safe notes.
From here on it’s about adding to the vocabulary.
The first note you add is the b5, the blues note. This gives you the Blues Scale, a very popular scale, often used as a blanket scale for blues and rock solos.
A blanket scale is a scale you play over a progression, so for example; E Blues Scale over a blues in E where the chords go E7 – A7 – E7 – B7 – A7 – E7 – B7.
Even though this is a perfectly fine way of soloing, try swapping scale for each chord instead, just like I do over the Jimi Hendrix progression I demonstrate in the video.
You could use a new blues scale over each minor chord.
Combining Pentatonic Scales
Ultimately you want to be able to draw on either a minor pentatonic, a major pentatonic or a blues scale, no matter where you are on the fret board.
Take the Intermediate Guitar Course and learn how to apply these theories to your own playing.