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Basic Major
Pentatonic Improvisation

by Shawn Bradshaw


There is more to improvisation than the minor pentatonic scale. Sometimes using a minor pentatonic scale will just sound wrong. Minor pentatonic scales work best if a song is

a) in a minor key
b) in a major key with a blues feel to it.

The next sound to explore is the major pentatonic scale. You want to train your ear to hear this scale the same way you learned the minor pentatonic. Use the targeting technique that you learned in the Targeting the root of the A minor pentatonic scale lesson.

You will notice that the exercises below focus on mostly the first three strings. This is because this is probably the most comfortable part of the scale to play. Should you avoid playing the notes on the other strings? NO! The idea here is to get you up and running with the major pentatonic sounds as soon as possible. Since this scale fingering uses you 4th finger on the 6th, 5th, and 4th string, it will feel more awkward until you work on it (and work on it you should).

The big secret about this and the other minor pentatonic scale fingerings that you have learned, it in the next action packed lesson

A Major Pentatonic

major pentatonic scale chart

 

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