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Guitar Lesson 6
Am pentatonic Root note fret
In this lesson we need to dig a little deeper into the Am pentatonic scale. We will continue to work on the root note fret, which is the most popular position to play this scale. Look at the image below and notice that you can play every note on the 5th fret using just your 1 finger. This means you can really move around this scale and burn up the notes. Playing the same notes of the Am pentatonic scale at other positions requires a little different fingering. We will eventually learn this scale in other positions down the road. But for now, let’s master this position before moving on.
Listen to this scale and become accustomed to hearing it. The scale is played from the 5th fret A note Low E string down through the scale to the 8th fret high E string.
Notice how it starts with the 1 finger on the Low E string 5th fret. Then the next note is played with the 4 finger at the 8th fret. Look above and see those two fingerings on the Low E String. 1-4. Also look below and notice those two notes are the A and C notes.
|This is what your illustration should look like after filling in the notes from our last homework assignment.|
|This is what your homework should look like after filling in the fingering for the Am root note fret.|
You now need to play everyone of these notes of the Am pentatonic scale at the root note fret. You need to play it over and over until you have it memorized. You need to play it smoothly, picking down and up. You need to play it from the Low E string to the High E string and back up from the High E string to the Low E string. From the Low E string the fingering is 1-4, 1,3, 1,3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4
Practice the Am pentatonic scale root note fret.
Practice the Am F and G chords.
Listen to your favorite song and count to it. 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. Hopefully in will be a 4/4 song.
Listen to your favorite song and notice how the guitar follows the drums. If your favorite song doesn’t have drums, listen to the vocals or bass.
Listen to the original song we will be learning and building on. The chords are Am, F and G.
Listen to our slow song beefed up a little for the electric guitar. This is played in Am pentatonic, root note fret. The root note fret is the 5th fret for Am pentatonic.
Review the hammer ons and pull offs.
Review the C position of Am pentatonic also known as C major pentatonic.
If you have a hard time understanding this, please review the Am pentatonic chapter.