VII - Ear Training
Lesson 5 - Pentatonic
check your tuning
This is the last lesson in this series of ear training lessons for beginning
guitarists. I want to focus on little melodic riffs made from the minor
pentatonic scale for this final lesson. Lyle: The minor pentatonic scale is used so much
in music for both melody and solo guitar, that I feel it is important you do a
little extra study on this scale here in this lesson. Getting your ear used to
picking out notes from the scale will help you down the road when you're trying
to figure out something on your own.Lyle: The first part of this exercise will have
you picking out notes from the A minor pentatonic scale in this
pentatonic 5th position
Listen to this MP3 clip and see if you can play the same riff on your guitar.
Make sure you're in tune first.01 quiz
Now check to see if you got all the notes right, here's the
ZoSo: Ahh, root
notes. Lyle: Very good! That was an easy one. Let's try
ZoSo: 1 fifth
an 2 rootsLyle: Root, 5th, Root.
Good!Lyle: Let's blaze through a bunch more of these
in Am. Here we go.....
Lyle: How did you do so
was a nice jazzy sound, doing just fine.PaulB: I'm going fine here.Lyle: Good. Now let's try the same thing but this
time using the E minor pentatonic scale:Em pentatonic open position
Lyle: Now you'll try a few more exercises in the
key of Cm. You'll use notes from the C minor pentatonic
gpg: Lyle, are
these random notes you are selecting tonight?
random within the pentatonic scale.
Lyle: Last one class.....25
actually tried to use little 3 and 4 note phrases that sounded musical, instead
of completely random within the scale.Lyle: That's all for this lesson and this series.
I hope these exercises helped open your ear and your sense of pitch. It takes a
lot of practice so keep at
it! If you need help learning how to play some of your favorite songs, I can
help by making custom lessons for you using this software. I can show you how to
play the parts of the song using this interactive TAB and also with video clips
of me playing the parts. Email me at
Lyle@theguitar.net with your lesson requests. Thanks and see you at the next