# Pentatonic Scale One-on-One Lesson - Position Shifting

Do you want to learn how to play fast between the different pentatonic boxes... being able to connect them fluidly and seamlessly ...complement your bends with lightning fast horizontal runs...?

Your journey begins here! In this first pentatonic scale lesson, I am going to reveal "the trick" which allowed me to venture out of the box thinking and start improvising my way around the fretboard.

Basically, you have to understand the process of horizontal thinking...

## Step 1 - learn at least two pentatonic boxes

 The first step of the lesson is to learn two pentatonic boxes that are adjacent. VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: This lesson is pointless if you don't know at least TWO pentatonic boxes (read on to learn them). Now, if you have been around GMC for a while, you are probably pretty tired of the first pentatonic box by now. I'll put it here anyway for those of you who don't know it by heart yet.

The read dots are the root notes, the root note means the note from which the scale is based upon. The root note of an A minor pentatonic scale will of course be A.

## General note about practicing scales...

You need to memorise where the root note is situated for a number of reasons, one is because it is essential to moving the scale up/down to another key. Also, when practicing the scale it is extremely important to start from the root note (if you are note playing the scale to an A minor backing).

If you don't, you run risk of hearing another note as the root note - and all of a sudden you are no longer playing the A minor pentatonic scale (let's say you are hearing the C note as your root note, you will then be hearing a C major pentatonic scale).

Conclusion: The same scale diagram can actually sound like a different scales depending on which "root harmony" you are hearing. If this seems complicated, don't worry, just take my word for it...

Needless to say - in order to start switching between different boxes you need to at least know two different ones. So here is the second A minor pentatonic box:

If we connect box 1 and 2 we get:

## Step 2 - start moving around

This is the last thing you need to get down before you can start your horizontal soloing. As illustrated in the video, many guitarists tend to get stuck after having learned a couple of scale boxes. If you follow the mental exercise illustarted in the video you won't have any problems "breaking out of the box".

The idea is to practice making a position shift on each and every string - so that you always will be free to play in any direction you want - no matter where your improvisation has led you. This is the only way I have found to achieve fretboard freedom.

Here is how an ascending position shift on the d-string, going from box 1 to box 2 could look like:

 [Box1--------][Box2] e|------------------| b|------------------| g|------------------| d|---------5-7/10---| a|-----5-7----------| e|-5-8--------------|

A descending position shift from box 2 to box 1:

 [Box2--------][Box1] e|-10-8----------------| b|------10-8-----------| g|-----------9\7-------| d|---------------------| a|---------------------| e|---------------------|

Do this for each and every string, and you will be a better guitarist in no time.

Use the provided backing to practice position shifting in A minor pentatonic.

Good luck,

PS Notice how the backing intro is harmonized in fourths (more about it in the GMC harmonizing lesson).

 Related lessons: Pentatonic Scale lesson 2 Pentatonic Scale lesson 3