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FIVE SCALE PATTERNS
FOR THE PENTATONICS
The pentatonic scales (both major and minor) can
be played with 5 patterns. This means for one
chord e.g. A, you can play in 5 different places on
the guitar.
The five patterns are easy to learn because they
are based on the same basic fingering routine of –
(a) the box, and then
(b) 2 strings of fingers 1 and 4.
This fingering routine then starts again. If you
had a guitar with more strings you would see the
routine very easily. The five patterns will start at
different places in the fingering routine.
Watch out for string 2. When you come to play on
string 2 you must raise these notes up one fret.
This makes some of the fingering patterns look
different to our basic fingering, but they are not.
Pattern 1 starts at the end of the 2 strings using
fingers 1 and 4, then the box, then the 2 strings
of fingers 1 and 4.
Pattern 2 starts with the end of the box, then
the 2 strings using fingers 1 and 4, then the box.
Pattern 3 starts with the box, then the 2 strings
using fingers 1 and 4, then the box.
Pattern 4 starts with the 2 strings using fingers 1
and 4, then the box, then the 2 strings of fingers
1 and 4.
Pattern 5 starts with the end of the box, then
the 2 strings, using fingers 1 and 4, then the box.
BOX
BOX
BOX
2 STRINGS OF FINGERS 1 & 4
2 STRINGS OF FINGERS 1 & 4
2 STRINGS OF FINGERS 1 & 4