In this article we take a look at a really useful fingering for the major pentatonic scale. As I mentioned
in an earlier article on pentatonic guitar scales,
the major pentatonic scale is a vital scale to master. There are probably thousands of rock, blues, jazz and
fusion guitar solos that use it…so learn the stuff in this lesson well!
Here is a fretboard diagram showing the fingering that we will use for this lesson. Please notice that it a
fingering for the C Major Pentatonic Scale which contains the notes: C D E G
C Major Pentatonic Fingering:
Please take a few minutes to memorize this fingering. Once you've done that, please read on…
All done? Great!
Let's now take a look at two scale exercises that use this fingering. Both the exercises use melodic
patterns and will help you get used to playing the fingering in ways other than straight-up-and-down. This is
really important because it helps you sound less "scaley" and more musical. It also makes your scale practice
Here are the exercises…
C Major Pentatonic Scale: Exercise One
This scale exercise uses alternate picking starting with a downstroke. It uses a four-note melodic pattern
and is great for building some foundational major pentatonic scale technique…
C Major Pentatonic Scale: Exercise Two
This exercise is a bit more advanced than the previous one. It also uses alternate picking, but it also uses
some string-skipping. So start off really slow, and gradually build it up to speed…
Mastering guitar scale exercises like the two above is a really important thing to do if you're serious
about mastering scales and improving your guitar soloing. By practicing them your are improving three things at
the same time…
- Your overall guitar technique.
- Your guitar scale ability.
- Your ears. You are literally programming in melodic patterns into your mind's ear.
Work hard at these…and see you next time!
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