Guitar Lesson 6

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Guitar Lesson 6

Am pentatonic Root note fret continued

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.

Make sure you’ve studied the A minor pentatonic scale at the 5th fret position, before moving onto this lesson.

Remember, music is repetitious. This scale must become second nature. As we move through the lessons, we will add to this scale. I like to use this scale as our building block. We will begin build the modes, harmonic minor, melodic minor and other scales and once you master this scale, those will be a breeze.

As you listen to the sale in the video, 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 on the Low E string.

The answer to the homework assignment is shown below. Notice how the A notes have been circled.

A minor pentatonic scale and root note fret This is what your illustration should look like after filling in the notes from our last homework assignment.
fingering for the pentatonic scale 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.

Assignment

  1. Print out these cool fret-board forms and always have them handy when you study.
  2. Use the blank form and fill in all of the A-C-D-E and G notes. These are the notes of the A minor pentatonic scales. Remember all notes repeat after 12 frets. See if you can separate each of the A minor pentatonic scale positions by memory. If you need help, you may need tor review the A minor pentatonic scale lesson a little more. When you signup to become a Gold Level Member, you will find all of the major and minor pentatonic scales laid out for you. There’s some really good information in the Gold level section.
  3. Use one of the blank forms and fill in the fingers you would use to play the A minor pentatonic scale at the 5th fret position.
  4. Use on of the forms and fill in one position starting on the C note or 8th fret,

If you have a hard time understanding this, please review the Am pentatonic chapter

Good Luck,

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