Major Pentatonic

Learn how to play the Major Pentatonic scale

All five shapes

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A Major Pentatonic scale shapes

five shapes of the Major Pentatonic

Just like the Minor Pentatonic is built from a minor barre chord, the Major Pentatonic is built from a major barre chord.

Later on, you will expand on this concept even further and build all major modes, using the Major Pentatonic as your starting point.

You will soon discover how the major and minor shapes look the same, the Em shape, for example, looks the same as the G major shape.

Don’t be fooled by this, thinking they are the same.

A scale, any scale, is built on intervals. A Major Pentatonic has this scale formula: 1 2 3 5 6. A Minor Pentatonic has this scale formula 1 m3 4 5 b7.

The fact that the minor look similar to major, just using a different starting note, does say something about their relationship. However, it doesn’t mean they are the same thing.

When you learned how to play the Major Pentatonic in A, move on and practice it in D.

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D Major Pentatonic scale shapes

Practice in 12 Keys

Just like you did in A, so you must now do in D. The playlist demonstrates how to practise all the pentatonic scales.

When you can do this without making mistakes, carry on down the cycle of 4th.

Next up would be G, C, F, Bb, etc.

In the intermediate course, we do just this as well as vary the rhythm of the exercise.

After playing through all twelve keys you need to connect the shapes up and down the neck as well.

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Connect Major Pentatonic shapes

Connect all shapes in all keys

These video lessons show you how you can connect all five Major Pentatonic shapes in the key of A and D.

In order for you to play an exercise like this, you have to know each individual shape really well.

If you have been practicing all individual shapes and come to the conclusion that you need to move on, then you have arrived at the right exercise.

When you can connect all shapes in A and D at the same tempo as in the video lesson, move on to the ten remaining keys as well.

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The cycle of 4th


This is the final exercise for learning the Major Pentatonic scale shapes.

The good news is, you are closer to mastering the guitar than you might think. To create all minor and major modes you use the pentatonic scales as your starting point.

The better prepared you are, the quicker the next layer of notes can be learned. It really is down to knowing the shapes and the intervals inside.

Without this, you have nothing to target or anchor your licks in.

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All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

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The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

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