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.
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.
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”.