Learn The Minor Pentatonic Scale

by Bogdan Radovic

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  • Hey GMC!

    In this lesson I'm going to show you how to play the minor pentatonic scale. When learning your first scale, this is the one I'd recommend starting with. This scale has 5 notes in it, this is where pentatonic in the scale name comes from. You can use this scale to jam over all sorts of backing tracks but it especially works well over blues types of backing tracks.

    My advice when learning a new scale is to immediately start having fun with it! How to do that? Turn on a backing track and jam. You can use the provided backing tracks in this lesson and jam by playing notes from the A minor pentatonic scale over it. The goal is to just experiment and play notes which are within the scale in any order or way you like. Think of them as "note possibilities" and those notes will all sound good over the backing track which is made of A7 chord vamp.


    - Video part 1 : How to play the minor pentatonic scale
    - Video part 2 : A minor pentatonic scale exercise
    - Video part 3 : A minor pentatonic scale lick

    Tuning: standard E, A, D, G, B, E

    Gear: Squier hollowbody jazz guitar with duncan designed pickups, Amplitube 3 software modeling

    Key: A

    Getting started and learning a first scale can feel like a daunting task, so please contact me if you need any help making this smoother. I remember that I started with scales very late, just because I didn't understand why I needed to learn them and how to actually use them. At the time, they just sounded like a boring exercise to me. Leave me questions and feedback in the lesson feedback section found in the top right corner and we'll go from there. You can also email me at: [email protected]

    Hope you'll enjoy this lesson, see you in the next one!
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