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G Major Minor Pentatonic Solo
The G Major Minor Pentatonic Solo is an example for mixing the major and minor pentatonic scale in a solo. Begin in the seventh position on the fourth string. Hammer-on to the ninth fret, and then move to the third string with a hammer-pull from the seventh fret to the ninth fret. Make sure you support your third finger with your first and second finger when you do the bend on the ninth fret. The second measure is a similar phrase to measure one, but this phrase is an answer phrase to the lick in bar one. Notice that these two licks are taken from the G major pentatonic scale.
Measure three is played over a F chord in the tenth position, notice that the shape is similar to measure one. The difference here is that this lick is taken from the G minor pentatonic scale. Bar four has a quick bend release right on beat one, and is also taken from G minor pentatonic. Bar five is taken from the favorite pattern of most guitar players, the root pattern of the pentatonic scale. Notice how the bend at the end of this measure creates and lot of tension that gets resolved gong into bar six. The end of measure six switches back to minor pentatonic moving into bar seven.
Bar eight and bar nine is taken right from the major pentatonic scale. Make sure you support those bends. They need to be played cleanly and in tune. Bar ten is more G major pentatonic over the D chord, where measure eleven is G minor pentatonic over the F chord. There are lot of common rock guitar licks in this section of the solo. Good licks to use in your own solos. The same goes for bar twelve. Measure thirteen has a big full step bend on the fourteenth fret, and then quickly switches to minor pentatonic in bar fourteen. I find it more convenient to play the thirteenth fret bend with the third finger. Switch to the eleventh position right at the beginning of the measure to make transition smooth.
The bend at the beginning of measure fifteen can be played with either the third or fourth finger long as the pitch is accurate. The sixteenth note triplet rhythm is tricky here, isolate that lick and repeat it all over the fretboard. Bar sixteen and seventeen switches back to sixteenth notes, and is also taken from major pentatonic here.
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