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Lead Level 2
Bandwagon Mus i c Studi os
The minor pentatonic scale is the most
commonly used scale by guitarists to play solos
or lead breaks. (Some people nickname it the
“blues scale” which is a mistake as there is a
blues scale, which is similar, but different to
the minor pentatonic scale).
We will be mainly studying the minor
pentatonic scale as it played with the E and A
shape bar chords.
Below is the first fingering pattern of the
minor pentatonic scale for the guitar. Play
through the pattern being careful to use the
correct fingers. Finger 1 on every string,
finger 4 on strings 6, 2 and 1 with finger 3 on
string 5, 4 and 3.
The dots represent where your fingers go.
The is the Tonic Note. The tonic note
gives us the key name, is the strongest note
of the scale, can be called the “home” note, it
also gives character to the scale.
Another common name for the tonic note is
root note – comparing the note to the root of
a tree. The root note is the beginning or
foundation from which you can either build
the chord or build the scale.
Fingers : 1 3 4
It is important to remember that this is a
pattern or shape, which can be moved to suit
whatever key you're playing in. The same way
that the bar chords never change shape as you
move them up and down the fret board.
This fingering pattern matches in with the E
shape bar chord. So wherever you play the E
shape bar chord then you use this scale for
lead playing to get that minor pentatonic
sound e.g. to play in the key of A use the
pattern at the fifth fret where you play the E
shape bar chord for A.
The chord and the scale share the same tonic
note, which is on string 6.