Minor Pentatonic Scale – Stage 7 Guitar Lesson – Guitar For Beginners [BC-176]


hello how you doing Justin here in this lesson today we’re going to be checking out the minor pentatonic scale now don’t want you to get scared I know scales kind of sound like they’re going to be nasty and really boring but actually scales are pretty damn cool and the reason that scales are cool is because they teach you the notes that you can use when you improvise so what we’re going to be doing now is checking out this very first scale called the minor pentatonic scale and it’s the scale that most guitar players learn first and for a lot of guitar players it’s the only scale they ever learn it’s got a lot of mileage use it for blues and rock and even in jazz and country it’s a really really useful excellent sounding scale and one that you will use and for as long as you play guitar you’ll be using this scale so what we’re going to do is we’re going to learn it just to play it up and down and work on making sure that we got our fingers stretched out right now if you’ve been doing the preparation exercises properly that I’ve told you about about you know working your fingers up and down and picking the strings individually you’re probably not going to find playing the scale very difficult so let’s get stuck in now and learn our very first scale the a minor pentatonic okay here we are for a look at the a minor pentatonic scale so we’re starting here with our first finger in the fifth fret of the thickest string so this is the root note this is the note a then we reach up with our fourth finger into the eighth fret you can see it’s kind of one finger per fret here we’ve got first fingers going in the in the fifth second finger in the sixth third finger sits in the seventh and little finger reaches the eighth of course we don’t need to put those other two now because at this point we’re just playing those two notes but just be aware of that nice spacing then we move on to the next string we play first finger and third finger in the seventh fret we’re on to the next string first finger in the fifth fret third finger in the seventh fret now on to the third string first finger fifth fret third finger seventh fret second string first finger on the fifth fret little finger in the eighth fret first finger in the fifth fret now on the thinnest ring and little finger in the eighth fret now we’re going to straight back down so we played that note there with the first finger in the fifth fret of thinnest string it’s like a tongue twister little finger on the eighth fret of the second string down to the first finger now we’re on to the third string third finger on the seventh fret first finger in the fifth fret on to the fourth string third finger on the seventh fret first finger in the fifth fret next string third finger on the seventh fret first finger in the fifth fret little bit on to little thicker string now little finger and the eighth fret first finger in the fifth fret now I’m going to play it once up and down four you’re still nice and slowly but without all the talking here we go a little faster now I have this scale on the website as both a neck diagram which is usually the easiest way to learn a scale but it’s also written there in tab in regular notation and you can also see the finger numbers under the tab the 1 for 1 3 1 3 1 3 1 4 1 14 now it’s a really really simple box pattern to remember just remember it starts on the thickest string with 1 4 then it’s a bunch of 1 3 1 3 finger groupings and then 1 4 1 4 and the thinnest two strings make sure that you’re playing it correctly on the way up and on the way down and that you check out the fret numbers that you should be playing so it doesn’t some people try and go up the strings coming down I’m putting up it’s down descending the scale and you get this color which isn’t right it should be it just be careful with that check the tab if you’re unsure the tab there’s a one of the lessons in the early hundreds can’t remember what less number is off top of my head now but how to read tab there’s there’s a lesson on that so check that out on the website I’ll stick a link in the lesson as well for those confused by the tab but this is a really really really class little scale to check out there’s loads of different ways of playing it loads of tricks to playing it we use it for blues and string bending and all sorts of cool stuff so do have a go at that now when you feel kind of confident with this maybe toward the end of the course if you want to experiment a bit more with your your lead guitar you might want to check out my blues lead guitar series which is online and on DVD it’s a very very cool little set and that’s a perfect follow one for after you finish the beginners course so you might want to bear that in one too but more on that another time