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Guitar lesson 5
 A minor pentatonic scale and lead guitar

Now that you know how to pick each note and do a few exercises, it's time to learn scales. You will use scales to play leads and build melodies. Once you get over this small hurdle, things will really begin to fall into place. In our lessons, we will concentrate on the Am pentatonic scale and the Key of C major. Once you learn these scales, others will be just a matter of moving to a different location.

The Am pentatonic scale is a 5 note scale, that's what pentatonic means. The notes are A C D E and G.

(The little m after the A note above means the minor chord and we will learn more about that later)

Look at the illustration Below. This illustration shows the Am pentatonic scale at its root note 5th fret. 

A minor pentatonic

1  =  Index finger
2  =  Middle finger
3  =  Ring finger
4  =  Pinkie
T  = Thumb

Now it's time for you to go review the Am pentatonic scale at the root note fret position and return here to lesson 5. 

Once you review the Am pentatonic section you will need to do the assignments.

  1. Use one illustration below to fill in the notes of the Am pentatonic scale root note fret only.
  2. Use one illustration below to fill in the fingers used to play the Am pentatonic scale root note fret only.

Three notes have been filled in for you to get started. Fill in the remainder of the notes of the Am pentatonic scale root note fret.

Two fingerings have been filled in to get you started. Fill in the rest of the fingerings used for the Am pentatonic scale root note fret.

Good Luck

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