A minor Pentatonic scale, starting on the C note.
By now, you should be familiar with the A minor pentatonic scale in the root note fret position, tablature, exercises and triplets. I would now like to expand a little more on the A minor pentatonic scale, and show you the next position. The root note fret, for the A minor pentatonic scale, starts on the 5th fret. But the same scale and same notes can be played starting at other frets and different positions. Repeat: the same scale and same notes can be played starting at other frets and different positions. You can play the A minor pentatonic scale all over the fret-board. The root note fret is the easiest and most desired position to play. That’s just my opinion though. You can really burn up the notes when you use the root note fret position.
The root note fret for A minor starts at the 5th fret. The notes for the A minor pentatonic scale root note fret are (A, C, D, E, G)
Look at the scale below and notice that the scale now starts at the 8th fret or C note. This is the same A minor pentatonic scale, but starting at a different fret and has a different fingering pattern. All of the different pentatonic scale positions should be learned to play lead guitar. Remember the root note fret is the easiest to play and most popular position to play in. This is true because the 1 finger never has to leave the 5th fret among other important reasons you will learn later. In the next position you have a different fingering pattern to learn. All of the patterns of the Am pentatonic scale have the same notes. A, C, D, E and G. All of the different patterns should be used when playing lead guitar or practicing scales.
Look at the image below. The next position of the A minor pentatonic scale starts with the C note, this position has been outlined.
The tablature below shows you how to play from C to C in the A minor pentatonic scale.
Listen to this position C to C
1 = index
2 = Middle
3 = Ring
4 = Pinkie
T = Thumb
The new fingering pattern for this position will be 2-4, 1-4, 1-4, 1-3, 1-3, 1-3. This will be starting at the C note 8th fret Low E string, look above. Remember to alternate the pick down, then up when moving from note to note. Work your way down the scale and then back up. The two images above show the A minor pentatonic scale. One image shows the notes and the other shows the fingering pattern. Notice that the C notes are highlighted in blue and the A notes in yellow. This is a popular position to play lead over the C chord.
- Use these blank fret-board illustrations to fill in the notes of the C position of the a minor pentatonic scale at the 8th fret position.
- Fill in one illustration of the fingers used for the C position.
- Fill in one illustration of the notes used for the C position.
So we have learned the fingering pattern for the A minor pentatonic scale starting at the 5th fret root note position and the 8th fret position starting on the C note. Each position has a different fingering pattern, but the same notes. Remember that all of the A minor pentatonic positions you learn will have the same notes. A-C-D-E-G.
In the next lesson I would like to expand on the A minor pentatonic scale in the 10th fret position, starting on the D note.