Advanced Pentatonic Scale Lesson

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Hey there fellow guitarists!  Today’s lesson is about the pentatonic (or blues) scale.  The pentatonic scale is probably the most popular scale to learn if you’re a new guitarist because it can work over any kind of music.  This post starts past the basics of the scale though, and features some creative ways to spice up the scale even more.  You’ll see some creative ways to use the scale in a blues music setting, but also some advanced solo techniques from jazz guitarist, John Scofield.  Scofield is known for a very unique voice on the guitar and incorporates blues, jazz, and fusion sounds into his playing.  There’s a lot to learn from this short post, so get your guitar out and enjoy!

Ultimate Guitar has some great advice to get started with the pentatonic scale for all new guitarists.  See the whole post, including practice techniques that will help you master the scale, at http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/music_theory/3_ways_to_use_the_entire_pentatonic_scale_diagram_into_your_advantage.html?no_takeover.

Almost all guitarists usually start learning to play the acoustic or electric guitar after watching a great guitarist soloing. For that reason all of us want to begin composing awesome solos as we get passed the beginning level of studying.

That basic commencing period generally is composed out of discovering tips on how to hold both your hands regarding the guitar, understanding the basic guitar music theory and beginning to improve the endurance in your wrists and hands.

The guitar pentatonic scale is usually among the first scales were comprehending for only a few very good reasons:

- It isn’t difficult to learn since it has got only 5 notes

- It’s an attractive scale and it can be used in any existing musical context

- It happens to be one of the most extremely put into use scale in music, specifically in rock n roll or jazz.

- It’s just a variation of the major scale. The guitar pentatonic scale is simply speaking the major scale along with degrees 4 and 7 eliminated.

Next Level Guitar teaches us how to use the pentatonic scale featuring the styles of Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  See the whole lesson at http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-TbweRYfTb4.

Lastly, John Scofield is a great jazz guitarist that has used a variety of music styles and scales to define his playing.  Hear him play with a great jazz trio at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agRfAZ5eACE.

There are a lot of great guitarists that we can use to help define our guitar solos using advanced pentatonic scales.  Use this post as a launch point to find guitarists that influence your own playing style.  Also, subscribe now to Mike’s Guitar Talk to keep receiving posts like this e-mailed directly to your inbox.  There are great guitar lessons available everyday!

Have fun and stay tuned,

Mike

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