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Minor Pentatonic Forms

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Rock/Pop · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 180
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

In this lesson, we'll look at the 5 basic forms for the minor pentatonic scale. For each form, we'll learn the basic fingering with an example lick shown for each. Pages 6-8 show how you can combine parts of different forms to create longer lines and to start your fingers moving laterally along the fingerboard instead of just up and down it.

"Penatonic" means 5 notes. So there are five notes in any pentatonic scale. For our minor pentatonic scale, let's look at it in the key of G. The notes for a G minor pentatonic scale are:
  • G minor pentatonic:G (1) Bb (b3) C (4) D (5) F (b7)
where the scale degrees are shown in parentheses. We can create five forms out of this by looking at our 6th string, and starting our scale on each of the five different notes in the scale.

The example below shows our first form, which starts with our first note (G). On the 6th string, this is the 3rd fret. If we build our scale starting at this note, we get the example shown below. Mms. 5-7 show a sample lick using only notes from this form.
Minor Pentatonic Forms