Five Patterns String Skipping Pentatonic Scales
Five patterns string skipping of the minor pentatonic scale is an awesome way to spice up your soloing, so many players such as, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Michael Schenker, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, and Vinnie Moore all use a variety of patterns to build solos.
In this lesson, I’m going to show you a pentatonic scale workout that helps you get the five positions of the pentatonic scale memorized and under your fingers, increases left-hand strength, delivers some great-sounding sequences and also includes string skipping.
This exercise covers the five patterns of the pentatonic scale all starting from the note C. You will be changing keys five times here. Pattern one from C is C minor pentatonic. Pattern 3 from C is A minor pentatonic. Pattern four from C is G minor pentatonic. Pattern five from C is F minor pentatonic. Pattern seven from C is D minor pentatonic.
There are many technique aspects of this exercise that will help you to improve your soloing and single note playing. Alternate picking, Hammer-ons and Pull-offs just to name a couple. You want to have a good understanding of the five patterns of the scale for this exercise.
Begin with pattern one starting on C, move though the scale in a sixth, to fourth string. Then move back to the fifth, and third strings. Next, the fourth and second strings. Lastly, the third and first strings. To descend follow the scale backwards. First to third string, second to fourth string, third to fifth string, and then fourth to sixth string.
This is the same concept for each of the other minor pentatonic patterns. In this exercise we are going though the five sets of scale patterns twice. One time through with alternate picking, and then one time though with hammer-ons and pull-offs. These variations will help you to build speed, technique, and endurance.
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