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Extended Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scale
by Shawn Bradshaw

Once you have become comfortable improvising with the basic minor pentatonic scale on the guitar, it is time to extend the range of your note possibilities.

These scale forms are written horizontally. The 6th string of the guitar is on the bottom and the 1st string on the top. This is in the same form as guitar tablature. Scale charts are often written vertically like chord charts. Get used to reading them both ways.

Often when this scale is used in improvisation, you can use your 3rd finger instead of your 4th on 1st, 2nd, and 6th strings.

 

 

Basic A Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scale

basic A minor pentatonic scale fingering


Extended A minor pentatonic Guitar Scale

Use your 3rd finger to shift positions on the way up.

extended A minor pentatonic scale going up

 

Use your 1st finger to shift positions on the way down.

extended A minor pentatonic scale going down

 

Page 2, Comparing the 2 minor pentatonic forms

 



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