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Learning guitar tablature and playing lead and rhythm guitar with the A minor pentatonic scale.

In this lesson, we will work with the rhythm using the Am, F and G chords. This exercise plays 5 different positions of the Am pentatonic scale. Look at the illustration below. This is the first part of the exercise. It has been written in guitar tab. By now, you should be familiar with tablature, if not, please go back and review.

Am penatonic tablature and lead guitar

This is the beginning part of our exercise. This is played at the root note fret. I didn't intend for this exercise to have much of a melodic sound, but just an exercise.

Look at the illustration above. The numbers at the bottom of the image represent the suggested fingering to play the first part of our exercise. I know that the sound files take a long time to load, but they do help everyone learn how to play.  Now you need to listen to the exercise, playing the complete exercise and then listen to the first part that has been separated to make learning easier. As our lessons advance, the leads will become more melodic and add some tonal quality. But for now, we have to learn what is going on with these pentatonic scales. Believe me, I would like to open up.

I would like to stick something in here before we move on. This may seem confusing, but eventually things will become clearer. The rhythm we are using for these exercises are Am, F and G chord. Now, you may have noticed that the F chord or note is no where to be found in the Am pentatonic scale. It may be a good time to tell everyone that the Am pentatonic scale has the same exact notes as the C Major pentatonic scale. The C Major pentatonic scale has the notes C, D, E, G and A. The Am pentatonic scale is developed from the Aeolian mode and the C major pentatonic is developed from the Ionian mode. Although they have the same notes, they do have different chord structures. We will learn more about the chord structure in later lessons.

The Am pentatonic scale has the notes A, C, D, E and G. Every Major scale has a relative or natural minor scale. The reason I have been explaining the Key of C major and the Am pentatonic scale is for this very reason. Once you learn the key of C Major and the modes and the Am pentatonic scale, you will be on your way to playing great guitar without even thinking about it.

notes and chords of the key of C major

The rhythm we are using comes out of the key of C major. We are using the Am, F and G chords. Look to the left and find those chords in the outer circle. This illustration shows all of the chords of the Key of C major. Each section has the notes that make up each chord as well. The Am chord is made up of the A, C and E notes.

Am, F and G is popular progression for the Am scale.

It would be  i, bVI, bVII progression in the am scale. Am scale is:

Am, B dim, C, Dm, Em, F, G

Check out chord formulas real quick and return here.

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