Minor Pentatonic

Learn how to play the Minor Pentatonic scale

All five shapes

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A Minor Pentatonic scale shapes

Five shapes of the Minor Pentatonic

If you’re only gonna learn one scale to solo with on the guitar it would have to be the Minor Pentatonic.

When practicing as the video lessons demonstrate, aim to clearly see the relationship between the barre chord shape and scale shapes. Once this connection is clear, take note of all intervals inside every scale shape.

To get great at playing scales you must do what legendary sax player Charlie Parker did and practice in all twelve keys.

When you can play all shapes in Am, move on and practice them in Dm.

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D Minor Pentatonic scale shapes

Practice in 12 Keys

Just like you did in Am, so you must now do in Dm. The playlist demonstrates exactly how.

When you can do this without making mistakes, carry on down the cycle of 4th. Next up would be G, C, F, Bb, etc.

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

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Connect Minor Pentatonic scale shapes

Connect all shapes in all keys

These video lessons show you how you can connect all five Minor Pentatonic shapes in the key of Am and Dm.

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 Am and Dm 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 last Minor Pentatonic exercise and it’s self-eliminating. When you can play this you can definitely play all five shapes of the Minor Pentatonic!

This means that once completed, you should never have to practice a Minor Pentatonic scale again, ever.

In this exercise, you see how when using the cycle of 4th, we go to the closest shape possible, rather than run around the neck.

After five shapes, start with the Em shape again, using the root of Bb and continue up the neck.

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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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