How To Play Guitar part 3

How To Play Guitar video series, part 3!

In this part of the How To Play Guitar series I talk about how to turn pentatonic shapes into modal shapes.

This means that those open position chords you all ready know turned into barre chords, which turned into pentatonic shapes and now modes.

You have built upon previous knowledge here, nothing has been wasted.

If you want to learn how to play guitar this approach is essential.

Major Pentatonic Modes

When I first came up with this concept I realized that this was it, my key contribution to learning the guitar; the pentatonic modes.

It makes sense since you build on what you all ready know.

This approach means that you start to connect the ear with intervals. By adding a maj7 (Ionian and Lydian) you start to feel in a certain way.

If you instead add a b7 (Mixolydian) you’ll feel different. The deeper the connection is between the ear, the theory and the patterns, the greater your chance of letting all this go is.

The reason I keep it this simple is so you eventually can let go of this and just play naturally. The fewer rules and guidelines, the more likely this is to happen.

Should you at any point doubt the pentatonic shape as you are adding your modal notes then you are not ready yet. If this happens, go back to intermediate guitar and practice the shapes you didn’t get down properly.

Minor Pentatonic Modes

As of 4:48 into the video I talk about the minor pentatonic modes, these work just in the same way as the major modes, you add certain intervals to the minor pentatonic to create any of the minor modes.

The easier you find playing the minor pentatonic shapes, the easier you will take to the minor modes.


To create the different modes you need to remember the key notes that change for each mode, here they are:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7


1 2 3 #4 5 6 7


1 2 3 4 5 6 b7


1 2 m3 4 5 b6 b7


1 2 m3 4 5 6 b7


1 b2 m3 4 5 b6 b7

There are exercises for all these concepts in Advanced Guitar. You can learn how to use all these concepts when you take the Advanced Guitar Course.

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