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Pentatonic Scales 5th Fret
Use alternate picking, or you could use all legato, (hammer-ons and pull-offs) its good to be able to do both for variety.
This is a pentatonic scale exercise that is to help you better memorize the five pentatonic patterns in five different keys. The idea here is to play the five different pentatonic shapes all from the note A which is on the fifth fret. This will give you scales the key of A minor, F# minor, E minor, D minor, B minor. This is a really great way to improve your knowledge of the fretboard and your pentatonic scales. This drill will also help your improve technique, speed, and accuracy.
Begin by playing pattern one on the fifth fret, up and down all six strings. Make sure you repeat the highest note on the first string, this will keep the whole exercise in an even eighth note grouping. Next, switch to your second finger on the fifth fret, and play through pattern three, up and down the strings. Do the same thing with pattern four. When to you to pattern five, switch back to the first finger and play through the pattern in the same fashion. Pattern seven changes to your second finger from the fifth fret as well.
In the videos this pattern is played twice through. The exercise ends on the fifth fret sixth string, on the A note. Also, notice how you can hear the five different keys that you’re playing through with this exercise. From the fifth fret pattern one is the key of A minor, pattern three is F# minor, pattern four is E minor, pattern five is D minor, pattern seven is B minor. This can be really useful down the road if you are soloing over a progression that changes key. For example if you had a progression that changed key from A minor to B minor, rather than switching your hand position to change the scale, you could change the scale pattern in the same position. This gives you a much more natural sounding phrases in a solo.
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