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Pentatonic Scales Pattern 5
The next pattern of the minor pentatonic scale I like to label as pattern 5, because it starts on the fifth degree of the scale. 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 E on the twelfth 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 fifth degree, this makes it very simple to transpose to other keys. This is also the pattern that is always be right after pattern four in any key.
The pattern starting from the sixth string to the first string is first and fourth finger on the sixth and fifth strings. First and third finger on the fourth and third strings. Second and fourth finger on the second string. First and fourth finger on the first finger. 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 first 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 second 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 first fret again, end the exercise on the first fret sixth string with your first finger.
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