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Pentatonic Scales - Putting the Pieces Together

Sean Conklin 456 lessons

Great job! If you've made it this far, that means you know the 5 positions of the pentatonic scale.

Now that you know the positions individually, it's time to start learning how to put them together. If you only practice and memorize the positions by themselves, then that will significantly limit your ability to move freely across the fretboard within the pentatonic scale. Therefore, we need to make sure that we practice all 5 positions as a whole, rather than just individually.

Exercise 1 - Here we will ascend position 1, then descend position 3. We will then go backwards and ascend position 3, then descend position 1.

Exercise 2 - Here we will ascend each position on the Low E and A strings. Then after ascending through all 5 positions, we will go backwards and descend.

Exercise 3 - Here we will ascend through all 5 positions by playing 2-string patterns on adjacent strings. After we ascend through all 5 positions, we will go backwards and descend.

So try these 3 exercises, then work on creating your own exercises that utilize more than one position at once. Your goal should be to effectively play the pentatonic scale in your sleep. :) Learn it well!

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