Rocking in E minor pentatonic

by Emir Hot

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  • Hi

    One of my previous lessons was about Open String Riffing in E Scale. This scale, whether minor pentatonic, blues or combination of both, is very common in rock music as it gives many options for riffing in combination with open strings. May rock legends use this approach such as Ritchie Blackmore, Angus Young etc... Some of the most famous riffs are in the key of E. Think of Whole Lotta Love, Woman From Tokyo, Back in Black... The key of E, especially the power chord, has a very powerful sound on the guitar as that’s our lowest note in a normal tuning.

    This time I am showing how to extend riffing in E minor pentatonic mixed with some passing soloing patterns. I wouldn’t really call this one a solo as this is typical rock minor pentatonic riffing in a busier arrangement with some fast rock licks in between. Paul Gilbert uses this approach a lot especially on Mr. Big albums.

    Use stronger vibrato when riffing with longer notes on the low 3 strings as this sounds more powerful in this kind of rock style. The whole lesson uses just one scale – E minor pentatonic. Learn this chart in 5 positions and you can do a whole lot more with it.

    I hope you will enjoy riffing over this backing track and see you soon with some more rock stuff.


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