Pentatonic Scales

Penta = Five, Tonic = Notes (there was supposed to be an image here, sorry about that)

Given the definition above, we would be safe to make the assumption that a Pentatonic Scale is one comprising of five notes. We would also be correct.

Scales are fundamental to music, both in composition and improvisation. Chords within a song are usually made up of notes taken from the scale, and solos or melodies use those same notes.

The pentatonic scales are simplified versions of the full 7-note Major and Minor scales predominantly used within western music. They perform a greater role than just being an easier version of the full scales though, as the notes in the pentatonic scales are arguably much more integral to the scale’s sound.

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Pentatonic Scales

Once you’ve memorized these scales, try soloing in them – find a backing track in C Major or Minor and just play along.

Then, when you’re happy with what you’ve achieved, think about learning the full Natural Major & Minor Scales.

The Natural Minor Scale

As mentioned in the video here are 2 different methods for playing this scale. They both contain the same notes, but have different methods of reaching a particularly troublesome one.

This first tab, which is my preferred one, requires you change the hand position for the first note on the G string.

This next tab requires a stretch to hit that same note, but it now appear as the last note you play on the D string.