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5 Patterns G Minor Pentatonic
One important key to becoming a more versatile soloist is learning minor pentatonic scales to create guitar lines. This scale exercise helps to connect the five patterns of the G minor pentatonic scale across the whole guitar This is used by may great players from Stevie Ray Vaughn to Angus Young, and can be used in every style of music.
This is a sixteenth note exercise so I started at 45 beats per minute. I incorporated both alternate picking and legato style hammer-ons and pull-offs in this exercise. Its really important that you are pretty familiar with all five patterns of the scale for this exercise. Begin by playing pattern one starting on the third fret on the sixth string. alternate pick though the scale up and back down. Shift to the sixth fret and play through pattern three. Pattern four is played starting on the eighth fret, Pattern five is on the tenth fret, and pattern 7 is on the thirteenth fret. Next, work your way back through each pattern heading towards the third fret. The first time through this whole thing you want to use straight alternate picking.
When you get back to pattern one on the third fret switch to picking only the first note on each string and use hammer-ons for the second note. When you descend backwards through the scale use pull-offs. Continue this through the whole sequence again up and back down through the patterns.
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