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Pentatonic Modal Study #3
Upper Note 5th String Study


Here is this set of pentatonic scales and chords with the 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: 4/5) tells us where the root note to the scale is located on the guitar.  The "4" represent which finger plays the root note and the "5" tells us which string. So, "4/5"  =  the fourth finger finds the root on the /fifth string.

 E minor chord

The 4/5  minor pentatonic scale

X              X
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  1  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  2  |  3  | 5th fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  4  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
X              X
|              |
6th string     1st string  


+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  1  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  2  2  |  1  1 5th fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
4  4  4  4  |  3
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  4  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|              |
6th string     1st string  
    
E major chord The 4/5  pentatonic scale

X              X
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  1  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  2  | 5th fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  3  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  4  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
X              X

|              |
6th string     1st string 

 


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

+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  |  |  1  |  |
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
2  2  2  |  1  1 5th fret
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
3  |  |  |  |  2
|  |  |  |  |  |
+--+--+--+--+--+
|  |  |  |  |  |
|  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:-------------5-7-5----------------------------------
B:-5--------5-8-----8-5-------------------------------
G:-4-----4-7-----------7-4----------------------------
D:-5--5-7-----------------7-5-------------------------
A:-7-7-----------------------7-5-----5-7--------------
E:------------------------------7-5-7-----------------

   F#mb5                                
E:--------------7-8-7---------------------------------
B:-7--------7-10-----10-7-----------------------------
G:-6-----5-9-------------9-5--------------------------
D:-7--7-9-------------------9-7-----------------------
A:-9-9-------------------------9-7-----7-9------------
E:--------------------------------8-7-8---------------

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

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

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

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

If you have trouble going higher than this on the guitar just start back down then neck by going back down.  Remember: Em, F#m7b5, G, Am, Bm, C, and D.

  D                                
E:--------------------14-17-14-----------------------------------
B:15-------------15-17--------17-15------------------------------
G:14--------14-16------------------16-14-------------------------
D:16---14-16----------------------------16-14--------------------
A:17-17--------------------------------------17-14---------
14-17-
E:------------------------------------------------17-
14-17-------

Now, either continue up to the end of the neck or go back down through each of the proper chords: C, Bm, Am, G, and so on.

Pentatonic Modal Study #2 - Fourth String Study

Pentatonic Modal Study #4 - Lower 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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