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Pentatonic Modal Study #2
4th String Study


Now that you understand how to use this lesson I will simply lay out the set of pentatonic scales and chords with an example of how to practice them at the end.  The following will be the three chords: major, minor and half-diminished and the three pentatonic scales which we will assign to them.  The numbers that name the scales (for example: 1/4) tells us where the root note to the scale is located on the guitar.  The "1" represent which finger plays the root note and the "4" tells us which string. So, "1/4"  =  the first finger finds the root on the /fourth.

 E minor chord

The 1/4  minor pentatonic scale
   X           X
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  1  |  |  | 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  3  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  4  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+

|              |

6th string     1st string

+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  1  1  1  |  | 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  |  |  |  2  2
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  3  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
4  4  4  |  4  4
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+

|              |

6th string     1st string
    
E major chord The 2/4  pentatonic scale.

   X           X
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  1  |  |  | 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  |  |  3  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  4  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
   X           X
|              |
6th string     1st string 

 

  
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  1  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  2  2  |  1  1 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
4  4  4  4  |  3
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  4  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|              |
6th string     1st string 
E minor 7 b5 chord The 1/4  minor flat 5 pentatonic scale

   X           X
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|   1  |  |  | 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  |  |  3  4  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
   X           X
|              |
6th string     1st string


+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
1s |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  1  1  |  | 2nd fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  |  |  2  3  2
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
4  4  4  |  4  4
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|              |
6th string     1st string

Now, as in study number one, you have enough scales to work on all of the pentatonic scale/chord studies in one key.  Try this. We will still be using  the key of E minor.

In E natural minor (the Aeolian mode) the chords are E minor, F# half diminished, G, A minor, B minor, C, and D.

First play the chord then the corresponding scale.

   Em                                
E:----------------3-5-3------------------------------
B:-5----------3-5-------5-3--------------------------
G:-4------2-4---------------4-2----------------------
D:-2--2-5-----------------------5-2---------------2--
A:----------------------------------5-2-------2-5----
E:-3------------------------------------5-3-5--------

   F#m7b5                                
E:----------------5-7-5------------------------------
B:-5----------5-7-------7-5--------------------------
G:-5------4-5---------------5-4----------------------
D:-4--4-7-----------------------7-4---------------4--
A:----------------------------------7-3-------3-7----
E:-5------------------------------------7-5-7--------

   G                                
E:----------------5-7-5------------------------------
B:-8----------5-8-------8-5--------------------------
G:-7------4-7---------------7-4----------------------
D:-5--5-7-----------------------7-5---------------5--
A:----------------------------------7-5-------5-7----
E:-7------------------------------------7-5-7--------

   Am                                
E:----------------8-10-8------------------------------
B:-10---------8-10------10-8--------------------------
G:--9------7-9--------------9-7-----------------------
D:--7--7-10--------------------10-7---------------7---
A:---------------------------------10-7-------7-10----
E:--8----------------------------------10-8-10--------

   Bm                               
E:------------------10-12-10---------------------------------
B:-12----------10-12--------12-10----------------------------
G:-11------9-11------------------11-9------------------------
D:--9--9-12--------------------------12-9-----------------
-9-
A:---------------------------------------12-9---------
9-12---
E:-10----------------------------------------12-10-12--------

   C                                
E:-------------------10-12-10-------------------------------------
B:-13-----------10-13--------13-10--------------------------------
G:-12-------9-12------------------12-9----------------------------
D:-10--10-12--------------------------12-10--------------------
10-
A:-----------------------------------------12-10--------
-10-12----
E:-12-------------------------------------------12-10-
12----------

   D                                
E:-------------------12-14-12------------------------------------
B:-15-----------12-15--------15-12-------------------------------
G:-14------11-13------------------14-11--------------------------
D:-12-12-14----------------------------14-12------------------
12-
A:------------------------------------------14-12--------
12-14---
E:-14--------------------------------------------14-12-
14--------

   Em (XIV pos)                                
E:--------------------15-17-15-------------------------------
B:-17------------15-17--------17-15--------------------------
G:-16-------14-16------------------16-14---------------------
D:-14--14-17----------------------------17-14-------------14-
A:-------------------------------------------17-14---14-17---
E:-15---------------------------------------------17---------


Make sure to play back down the neck to where you started or (once you're advanced) progress to the top of the neck and then play back down to the lower frets.
  In all of these exercises you can play to the top of the neck and down to the lowest frets as long as you stick to the chords that are in the key you are playing:   
E minor, F# minor b5, G, A minor, B minor, C and D.


Pentatonic Modal Study #1 - Lower Note 6th String Study

Pentatonic Modal Study #3 - Upper Note Fifth String Study


Pentatonic Modal Studies Jump Zone

Intro to pentatonic modal studies
Pentatonic Modal Study #1 - Lower Note 6th String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #2 - Fourth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #3 - Upper Note Fifth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #4 - Lower Note Fifth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #5 - Upper Note Sixth String Study

©2002 Michael Chodosh, Used by permission
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