Lick Construction Class - minor pentatonic

by David Wallimann

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  • It's not easy to start improvising when you are a beginner. There are so many tools to use that sometimes confusion and discouragment are overwhelming. This lesson should hopefully help some of you to get started without the hastle of having to memorize too many scale patterns.

    One of the most commonly used scales in instrumental guitar music is the minor pentatonic scale. That scale is made of 5 notes and will work as its name implies over a minor chord progression. Today we will work in the key of Am using the two first positions of the minor pentatonic. Of course you can expand by memorizing all five positions written below.

    Concentrate on precision and feeling before anything else. It is very possible to make a successful musical career with these two scale positions and it is essential that you get accustomed to them. Once you feel comfortable with the diagrams and start to get a feel for that scale's color, start improvising over the looped backing track and start writting some licks to include in your musical vocabulary.

    Have fun!

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