PENTATONIC SCALE I

Pentatonic Scale - A scale consisting of five pitches (penta means 5).  We will get into more detail with this scale and its origin in later lessons.  Right now you want to focus on memorizing the “box pattern” below and practice playing it clean and at an even tempo.

Box Pattern - Check out the diagram below.  This is a top view of the guitar fretboard and just another way to read a guitar scale.  A box pattern is formed by 2 or 3 of the same scale played in a row.  This box pattern has 12 notes in it meaning that you play the Em Scale 2.5 times.

“E minor Pentatonic Scale”:

BOX PATTERN

You will memorize the pattern

better by looking at the “box pattern

illustration" compared to looking at

the “tab”.  Your mind memorizes

pictures better than written numbers.

E MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE

BOX PATTERN PRACTICE

Play  this pattern over and over. Ascend and descend . Use alternate picking if you can.

Ascend - Play from a “low note” to a “high note”.

Descend - Play from a “high note” to a “low note”.

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