Mixing A Major And Minor Pentatonic Scales
One 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 Stevie Ray Vaughn to Angus Young, and can be used in every style of music.
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.
If we number each minor pentatonic pattern in relation to the the starting note of the scale, then we get pattern 1 on A, 3 on C, 4 on D, 5 on E, and 7 on G. This would give us pattern 1 on the 5th fret, 3 on the 8th fret, 4 on the 10th fret, 5 on the 12th fret, and 7 on the 3rd fret. If we use the same system for major pentatonic then we would have pattern 1 on the 2nd fret, 3 on the 5th, 4 on the 7th, 5 on the 9th, and 7 on the 12th.
So now with this exercise we can overlap the two scales in each position. In the videos Im using hammer-ons and pull-offs all the way through.
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