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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 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.
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. The A note is the root note for the A minor pentatonic scale. So you find that note on the Low E string and that will be the root note fret. This is one of the most popular positions to play the A minor pentatonic scale. As you play this scale, you will notice that your 1 finger never has to leave the 5th fret position. Look at the notes on the 5th fret. Compare both illustrations below. One has the notes of the A minor pentatonic scale root note fret, the other has the fingers you use to play the scale.
The B minor pentatonic scale at the root note fret has been included below. Notice that the B minor pentatonic at the root note fret, has the same fingering pattern as the A minor pentatonic scale, but is 2 frets higher.
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.
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..
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.
- Use the blank illustrations and fill in all notes from memory. Use the illustration below if you need help.