C Major & A Minor Pentatonic scales
Learning blues guitar can be frustrating if you don’t know what guitar scales to use. Because of that, in this blues guitar lesson we’ll take a look at another really common scale used in blues soloing.
Blues Guitar Scale: The Major Pentatonic Scale
C Major & A Minor Pentatonic Scales – Guitar Lesson Video
The relationship between the scales and what makes them different from the Major scale.
This is a great guitar scale. It has a very bright sound to it.
The major pentatonic scale is a five note guitar scale that has this formula:
1 2 3 5 6
This formula tells us what we need to do to the major scale in order to construct this scale. As an example, we’ll work out the notes of C major pentatonic scale:
The notes that the C major scale uses.
C D E F G A B
Remove the fourth and seventh notes from the C major scale. We do this because the formula of the major pentatonic scale doesn’t contain a 4 or a 7. This gives us the following notes:
C D E G A
These are the notes of the C major pentatonic scale.
You now know the theory behind the major pentatonic scale, so what’s the next step? Putting it into practice!
Here are a few suggestions to help you apply this scale to your guitar:
– Map the notes of the C major pentatonic scale onto a fretboard diagram.
– Make up some fingering for it on your guitar. There are no real rules. As long as you stick to the notes C D E G and A, you are playing the C major pentatonic scale.
– Make up some licks that use the C major pentatonic scale.
– Practice soloing over some blues backing tracks using the scale.
– Work out the licks and solos of your favorite guitar players.
Guitar Scales Lesson – The 5 Positions of the Major Pentatonic Scale
Some free Blues Guitar lessons that I have got a lot of useful Blues Guitar techniques from has been from Marty Schwartz Blues Guitar Lessons.
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