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Pentatonic Scales Pattern 3
The next pattern of the minor pentatonic scale I like to label as pentatonic scale pattern 3, because it starts on the third degree of the scale. An A major scale has a C# because of the intervals in a major scale, so dealing with minor its customary to label it as flat third. For example, if you look at the notes of an A minor scale, you get A B C D E F G A. If you were to start this pattern from the C on the eighth fret sixth string, you automatically get an A minor pentatonic scale.
I like to look at this pattern as the minor pentatonic scale starting from the third degree, this makes it very simple to transpose to other keys. This pattern will always show up after the root pattern (pattern 1) in any key. Use your second and fourth finger on the sixth string. Use your first and fourth finger on the four fret stretches on the fifth and fourth strings, and your first and third finger on the three-fret pattern on the third string. Go back to the second and fourth finger for the first and second strings. Use alternate picking. Try to pay attention to the shape the scale makes under your hands. That will make the scale easier to move to the other frets.
With this exercise, begin by playing the scale pattern from the second fret on the sixth string. Once you get to the fourth finger on the first string, repeat that note and reverse the pattern back down the scale. Once you get to the sixth string, move up to the third fret and repeat the whole sequence from there. This is a repetitive exercise that’s meant to help you build technique. So, continue on from there playing through each fret, once you get to the twelfth fret, shift back to the eleventh fret and work your way back down the neck. When you get to the second fret again, end the exercise on the second fret sixth string with your second finger.
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