Accent Shifting on Minor Pentatonic

by Joe Kataldo

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  • Hi guys, Joe here, reading the forum I've seen some requests about more pentatonic fusion licks, so I thought it would be cool to make a lesson on it! Here are some licks I wanna show you, a "device" to create jazz/fusion oriented pentatonic runs, "Accent Shifting".

    Accent Shifting on Minor Pentatonic - 105bpm

    The lessons gives you five licks over a nice electro/rock backing track, each one based around a minor pentatonic box, using different accent patterns (check theory focus for more about it) that can be used and transposed in different situation and keys.

    Theory Focus

    Accent shifting means moving the natural strong accents that falls on strong beats or in this case on the first sixteenth note, somewhere else in the bar, to create interest and variation. The numeric patter that you see above each lick is the number of the sixteenth notes that represent the accent.


    2+3 means that we have accent on the 1st sixteenth note, and on the 3rd sixteenth note.

    > >
    ONE - two + ONE two three

    for a total of 5 sixteenth notes.

    Techniques Focus

    No special technique here, you simply have to make sure that you are accenting the right notes, alternate picking is the way to go

    Pro Tips

    Instead of playing accented notes harder, try to play softer the other non-accented one.

    Take care, see you next lesson!

    Joe Kataldo

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