The Pentatonic Scale
The Pentatonic scale is by
far the most common scale used by guitarists. It's a shortened version of the 7 note Major scale you've already
learned on page. The Major looked like this.
The G Major Scale
Slowly at first then faster once you master
If we leave out the C and the F# notes we are left with a
five (Penta) note scale called the G Major Pentatonic scale. It's just that simple. This scale will have a
more “open” sound compared to the full Major scale. You may also notice it's a bit easier to play because it
always ends up being two notes per string.
The G Major Pentatonic Scale
Slowly at first then faster once
If we play these notes from G to G, G-A-B-D-E-G, it is considered the G Major
But if we re-order these same notes from E to E, E-G-A-B-D-E,
it is considered the E Minor Pentatonic scale. To play from E to E, I had to add one more E note. The E
note on second fret, fourth string, to be played with second finger. This is so we can play the scale from E
The E Minor Pentatonic Scale
Slowly at first
then faster once you master
The E Minor Pentatonic scale is what we will
concentrate on now.