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VI - Scales
Lesson 5 - The Major
PentatonicLyle: In the past 4 lessons you've learned 4 very
important and useful scales: the major, the minor, the minor pentatonic, and the
minor blues scales.
Lyle: The next scale for you to learn is the
major pentatonic, which is made from the 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 degrees/tones of the
1 - E
major scale and major pentatonic
The major pentatonic is used in blues, country, and rock styles of music. I like
to call it the "country pentatonic" and the minor pentatonic I like to call the
"blues pentatonic". The minor pentatonic sounds bluesy and the major pentatonic
sounds country to me.
Lyle: Here's an easy way to play
2 - E major
pentatonic open position 1
dan: What is
the metal pentatonic :) ?
Lyle: The minor pentatonic is used in metal
Lyle: Doesn't it (the major
pentatonic) sound country to you?
Lyle: Here's a two octave pattern for
3 - E major
pentatonic open position 2
recon it does sound country!
Lyle: Here's one of my favorite positions to play
this scale. This uses a pattern that starts on a root note from the 5th
4 - E
major pentatonic - 5th string root
looks like a minor pent pattern?
Lyle: Yes. The E major pentatonic has a "relative
minor" pentatonic, the C# minor pent is the same notes:
E maj pent - C# min pent
Here's a cool extended pattern to try:
5 - E major pentatonic - extended pattern
Find a pattern you like out of any of these and play along to this looping jam
Lyle: Here's a 4 octave spread for the E major
6 - E
major pentatonic - 4 octaves
The patterns I'm showing you are the most used patterns to become familiar
Lyle: Try stringing , pardon the pun, together a
few of the E major pentatonic patterns together to make a solo, like
you want to get tricky, try changing the major pentatonic with each chord
change. In the jam track there is the E, A, and B chords used. Change or follow
each chord with the right major pentatonic like this:
you like this sound and soloing technique, I made a series of lessons about this
very subject in a Riff Interactive CD-ROM titled Country Guitar for
Lyle: Try this solo example in a new key of
solo example 3
Jam Track in
There's a jam track for you to play with in D.
solo example 3
All these major pentatonic patterns can be moved to different keys. Just locate
the root note you need and start your patterns from there. Here's a few
7 - G
8 - A major
9 - B major
BigTX: Why are
you changing between the different scales? If the song is in the key of D
wouldn't you stick with that scale?
Lyle: You can stick with it or change when using
the major pentatonics against major chords. This is a soloing technique covered
in the CD-ROM titled Country Guitar for Beginners. Lots of cool solos and major
pentatonic riffs there for you to learn in the country
Lyle: The major pentatonic is used in rock and
blues too. Here's a simple example of me using the E major pentatonic over a
rock ballad jam track in E major:
solo example 3 in E rock jam
Lyle: Now you have reached the end of this
series on scales for beginners. Here's a good study for you to do. These next
TABs cover each of the 5 different scales taught in this series.
Lyle: See if you can play scale study 1 all the
Lyle: Here's a few more scale study TABs for you
to learn and practice. These will help you memorize the name, shapes, and sounds
of each different scale from these
There you go, this should keep most of you busy for
Man, how do you keep all the patterns straight in your
Lyle: And this isn't all the scales or patterns,
there's many more!!!!
Lyle: Ok, thanks everyone, we should take a break
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