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Minor Pentatonic Groupings Of Four In Fifth Position
Take your time, start slow.
Use alternate picking.
You can also do hammer-ons and pull-offs to help you build your legato playing.
The Minor Pentatonic Scale in four note groupings is an awesome way to spice up your soloing, so many players such as, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Uli Jon Roth, Michael Schenker, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Eric Johnson, Yngwie Malmsteen and Vinnie Moore all use a variety of patterns to build solos.
This exercise covers the five patterns of the pentatonic scale all starting from the note A. You will be changing keys five times here. Pattern one from A is A Minor Pentatonic. Pattern 3 from A is F# Minor Pentatonic. Pattern four from A is E Minor Pentatonic. Pattern five from A is D Minor Pentatonic. And pattern seven from A is B Minor Pentatonic.
There are many technique aspects of this exercise that will help you to improve your soloing and single note playing. Alternate picking, finger rolls, just to name a couple. You want to have a good understanding of the five patterns of the scale for this exercise.
Begin with the root pattern of the scale on the fifth fret, play four notes from every note in the scale. A, C, D, E. Then C, D, E, G. Next is D, E, G, A and so on. Its a good idea to just break them up at first until you start to get the patterns under your fingers. Once you get comfortable then you and remove the spaces between each set and practice in time with the videos or the tracks.
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