Lesson N 1 (Pentatonic).
This lesson will be useful for beginners, but it
is possible that even some experienced musician can
find something useful in it. If you want to play solo
improvisation for the song while you do not have time
to learn a lot of scales, this is the easiest way
to solve this problem:
This sequence of notes is called A-C-minor or
major pentatonc (note where are the A and C notes
are placed to get the right pentatonic). If you play
this finger from H note (6th string, 7th fret), you
will get the H-minor or D-major pentatonic.
In this lesson I will not explain why did the pentatonic
got that way and not otherwise, because the purpose
of the lesson is not in the theoretical aspects, but
in the technical details, so take all of the above
as an axiom and we will go further :)
Generally there are 5 boxes of pentatonic. I still
stop at first one, because it is the most known.
Let's go back to improvisation. If we have a progression
(sequence) of chords in some key then first we have
to define it. Suppose you have the G minor, therefore,
G minor pentatonic notes would be the best to sound
What should we play if we've got a major key?
All is similar as in Minor case - we play pentatonic
in appropriate key.
Now I will show some exercises on pentatonics (I
will use A-minor).
Lets go to the specific exercises. You can download
a video snippet of how to play this live, or you can
download midi file and play it in a different tempo
- from slowest to the fastest.
1. Exercise one (video)
2. Exercise two. (video)
3. Exercise three. (video)
4. Exercise four. (video)