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Guitar Lesson 7

Am pentatonic scale Root note Fret

In our last guitar lesson, we covered the Am pentatonic scale at the root note fret position. You were asked to memorize the fingering pattern of the root note fret position and learn to play each guitar note smoothly. Once you master this pentatonic scale, others will be no problem.

The root note fret, for the A minor pentatonic scale starts at the 5th fret. The note on the Low E String 5th fret is the A note. That means that every minor pentatonic scale root note fret gets its name from the note on the Low E string. If you moved this exact fingering pattern to the 3rd fret, it would now be G minor pentatonic scale root note fret. If you moved it to the 12th fret, it would be Em pentatonic root note fret. This may be one of the most important things to comprehend. In time, you will be able to play a lead guitar in any key with no problem at all.

I hope everyone had a chance to practice the Am, F and G chords. We will now begin to build our own song using those chords and eventually others. I have written a slow rhythm using Am, F and G chords. You can listen to this song and begin to learn it.

Listen to the progression here. Slow song.

You will need to listen to this song and try to figure it out from ear. Listen to it as much as possible and try to play each note. In our next lesson, I will write out the tab to it and you can see how close you were.

pentatonic scale and the root note fret

Look at the note on the Low E string 5th fret. That note is the A note. All the notes of this scale are in the 5th fret, this is how you determine it to be the Am pentatonic scale root note fret. 

Before we play lead guitar using this scale, you need to be able to play this scale in your sleep. This scale and variations of this scale are used by the greatest guitarists in the world. Rock, blues, punk, metal you name it, they use it.

I wouldn’t be wasting your time if it wasn’t that important to learn. 

Assignment:

    • Tune your guitar

    • Look over the open chords.

    • Review the root 6 bar chords.

    • Continue to practice the Am pentatonic scale root note fret and alternate your picking up and down.

    • Continue to practice this position Am pentatonic scale starting at the 8th fret.

    • Practice the exercises everyday. 

    • Listen to the slow intro song.

    • Listen to our slow song beefed up a little for the electric guitar. This is played in Am pentatonic, root note fret. The root note fret is the 5th fret for Am pentatonic. 

    • If possible, print out these blank fret-board illustrations (click on link) and circle all the notes of the Am pentatonic scale in the entire illustration. The pentatonic notes are A, C, D, E and G.

    • You can use the image below to help, it has the notes of the pentatonic scale. Can you see how the image below works? Look at the first yellow circle, this is the root note fret for the Am scale staring at the 5th fret. Look at the second yellow circle, note it has the same notes as the first yellow circle. It also has the same fingering pattern. The same goes for all of the colored circles. Everything repeats after 12 frets. Look at the first blue circle below. Can you see that the first note of this blue circle starts with the C note, at the 8th fret. This is the pattern you will be learning next. The root note fret is a pattern and starts with the A and the C note is a pattern and starts with the C. It’s important to learn these separate patterns, even though they are all part of the A pentatonic scale. This will make more sense, when we cover the major scale and modes.

      Am pentatonic scales

    • Play everyone of these patterns up and down the fret board while looking at the illustration. Say each note out loud as you pick it. Also, begin to memorize each note and the position.

    • Notice that each note repeats every 12 frets.

    • Notice that the Am pentatonic scale, at the 17th fret has the same fingering pattern as the 5th fret. Everything repeats after 12 frets and that goes for chords too.

    • Check out Am pentatonic starting on the C note or blue circles. Find it here.

    • Listen to this position.

    • Use the blank illustrations and fill in all notes from memory. Use the illustration below if you need help.

All the notes of the guitar fret board

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