A minor pentatonic root

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Pentatonic scale

[ A minor pentatonic root note 5th ] [ Am pentatonic C note ] [ Am at D ] [ Am at E ] [ Am at G ] [ Am root 17 ] [ Am open ] [ Am at the G ]

Am pentatonic scale starting at the 17th fret position

The illustration below shows the Am pentatonic scale starting at the 17th fret position. This position has the same notes and fingering pattern as the root note fret at the 5th fret position. As I mentioned earlier, the notes repeat every 12 frets. This is not only true with A minor pentatonic scale, but for every scale and chord.

Both positions of the 5th fret and 17th fret use the fingering pattern of 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3, 1-4, 1-4. And at both positions, the notes are A-C, D-E, G-A, C-D, E-G, A-C. This is also a great place to play lead over the chords in the key of Am. Notice that the fret-board below has a number of frets removed to fit up to the 17th fret.

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

You should already have this fingering pattern memorized from working on the root note 5th fret. Play this pattern at the 17th fret for a few hours and then learn the next position. The next position that we need to learn, will be the A minor pentatonic scale in the open position.

Good luck,

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