Pentatonic Scale Licks - Expanding Your Guitar Soloing Vocab

One of the most important tasks that you face as an improvising guitarist is to massively expand your soloing vocabulary. And a great way of doing that is by memorizing new guitar licks on a regular basis.

In this guitar scale lesson we'll look at two cool sounding licks that make use of the following two scales…

  • Major Pentatonic Scale: 1 2 3 5 6
  • Minor Pentatonic Scale: 1 b3 4 5 b7


One of my favorite things to do is to mix up these two types of scales within the same pentatonic scale lick. Why? Well…to my ears, mixing the two scales gives a really cool bluesy sound to the lick. And that's always a good thing! :-)

Here are the two scales that we'll use for the pentatonic licks in this lesson…

 A Major Pentatonic Scale Table

 A Minor Pentatonic Scale Table

And let's now take a look at the two guitar licks that use these pentatonic scales…

Pentatonic Guitar Lick #1:

This guitar lick mainly uses sixteenth notes. This is when you play four evenly-spaced notes per beat. I've also used hammer-ons and pull-offs to give the lick a nice flowing sound.

A Pentatonic Scale Lick 1

Pentatonic Guitar Lick #2:

Like the first lick, this one makes extensive use of sixteenth note rhythms. Notice also the cool sounding rhythmic pattern that I used for the second half of the lick. This gives the guitar lick quite a funky flavor.

 Pentatonic Guitar Lick #2

That's all from me for now. After you've mastered the above two licks, spend some time making up your own pentatonic scale licks. Making your own licks up will help you develop your own unique style of guitar soloing. And that's always a good thing!


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