Lesson 13.1 – Minor Pentatonic Scale – Position 1

Pentatonic scales are the cornerstone of rock guitar. They are also used heavily in blues, jazz, country and bluegrass music. The pentatonic scale consists of five notes (penta = five, tonic= tones) and there is a major pentatonic and a minor pentatonic.

The minor pentatonic scale is built from these intervals. The b shown below with the 3 and 7 mean those tones are flattened, or lowered by a 1/2 step (semitone):

Here are the notes for the E Major Scale, with the Minor Pentatonic notes highlighted.

Remember, we have to lower the 3rd and 7th notes. So the G# will become a G and played on the 3rd fret, first string; and the D# will become a D and played on the open third string.

So the E Minor Pentatonic Notes are:

Finally, here is how the first position of the Pentatonic for the key of E looks like on the guitar.

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Lesson 13.1 – Minor Pentatonic Scale – Position 1

Pentatonic scales are the cornerstone of rock guitar. They are also used heavily in blues, jazz, country and bluegrass music. The pentatonic scale consists of five notes (penta = five, tonic= tones) and there is a major pentatonic and a minor pentatonic.

The minor pentatonic scale is built from these intervals. The b shown below with the 3 and 7 mean those tones are flattened, or lowered by a 1/2 step (semitone):

Here are the notes for the E Major Scale, with the Minor Pentatonic notes highlighted.

Remember, we have to lower the 3rd and 7th notes. So the G# will become a G and played on the 3rd fret, first string; and the D# will become a D and played on the open third string.

So the E Minor Pentatonic Notes are:

Finally, here is how the first position of the Pentatonic for the key of E looks like on the guitar.

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