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Lead guitar techniques and triplets.
Alright, are you ready for some triplets in A minor pentatonic? Triplets are three notes played in succession per beat. Remember that the A minor pentatonic root note fret starts at the 5th fret.
The image below shows the A minor pentatonic scale in the root note fret position. The first image is laid out in tablature form. Notice that this image does not show your fingers on it. But the numbers now indicate the fret number and string you play. This guitar technique is very important and should be mastered.
The image below shows the notes that make up the A minor pentatonic scale at the root note fret. Take a look at the image below and remember the notes A-C-D-E-G. These are the notes that make up the A minor pentatonic scale.
The next image below shows the A minor pentatonic scale and the fingering pattern you use.
Notes above: A-C, D-E, G-A, C-D, E-G, A-C
Fingers below: 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4.
Check out the image below.
To play the A minor pentatonic scale in the tablature form below, you would play from left to right. The first number 5 marked in red below is the beginning note played. Look at this note on the image below. The first note is played at the 5th fret and on the Low E string. Play that one note. Remember to start with your 1 finger. By the way, this first note is the (A) note, look at the second image below and find this (A) on the Low E string.
Now Listen to this scale Triplets starting with the Low E string (A) note 5th fret.
The second note played will be the red 8, look above. Play this note on the 8th fret Low E string. This is the (C) note on the image Below. Find this (C) note on the Low E string. Remember play with the 4 finger.
The third note is the second red 5 below, which is the (D) note 5th fret. Find this (D) note on the second image below the A string, then play it using the 1 finger again.
So now you have played the first 3 notes in red below. To continue, you need to play the next three notes 8, 5, 7. Then you would play the 5, 7, 5 and then 7, 5, 7. Continue all the way through the scale from the Low E to the high E string. Just remember that each number is the fret and each number is over the particular string that you play. That's how you read tablature.
Both images below show the same scale. One is shown in tablature and the other shows the fingers used to fret each note.
1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4
1 = Index finger
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