Combined Minor Major Pentatonic Scales In 5 Keys
An important key to becoming a more versatile blues soloist is learning to combine the minor pentatonic and major pentatonic scales to create guitar lines that go beyond the minor pentatonic scale. This is used by may great players from Joe Bonamassa, Stevie Ray Vaughn to The Allman Brothers, and can be used in every style of music. In this scale exercise we are going to combine pattern 1 and pattern 3 of the pentatonic scale to create an eight note scale that contains the notes from both minor and major pentatonic.
It will be helpful for you to have a good understanding of the five patterns of the pentatonic scale for this exercise. The awesome aspect of this is that for both major and minor pentatonic scales we use the same patterns. So, this will be a matter of identifying and placing each scale pattern in the right place.
The notes in an A minor pentatonic scale are A, C, D, G, A. The notes in the A major pentatonic scale are A, B, C#, E, F#, A. Both scales together gives you A, B, C, C#, D, E, F#, G, A. Its not only a really awesome sounding scale, this gives you many different tonal possibilities for making melodies and solos. Below I gave you patterns for the minor and major pentatonic scale separately, as well as combined. It would be a really great idea to practice each scale separately with the backing tacks, to help visualize the patterns and the notes. This will help you to better master the video exercise all the way though.
The two other aspects of this is that we are transposing this scale to 5 keys. A, B, C, D, E and then back down. The third aspect is that the video exercises are all legato here. I advise that you practice this with both legato, and alternate picking, to help you keep your hands balanced.
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