Pentatonic on guitar – an easy way to start improvising

Hello fellow guitar players and everybody interested. In this post I will show you an easy way to learn the minor pentatonic. This scale is probably the most used scale in guitarsolos ever. It has only 5 different notes and works over a variety of chord progressions. Especially in blues it is used more often than any other scale.

Most guitar teacher start with the whole shape of the a-minor-pentatonic right away – which isn’t that hard. But in my experience, it is better to give the student who never improvised before a little less options at first. I start with 4 notes on the D and G string first:

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Start at the 5th fret with the first finger. If you don’t, it would be f-minor pentatonic.
Just play around with the notes using a jamtrack, for example this one. If you are fluent and start to get bored – here are the next 4 notes:

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Now do the same with those 4 notes. If have figured them out, here are the next:

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These are quite low and depending on the jamtrack, they do not sound as good as the others. Nevertheless, practice them.

Now try to mix up alle the string groupings. Voila – here you have the whole shape:

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Have fun playing with the a-minor-pentatonic and leave me a comment on how you like it or if you have any questions!

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