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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.

A minor pentatonic scale

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. 

Watch a video covering the Am pentatonic scale at the 5th fret

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.

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


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

Good Luck

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