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The Pentatonic Collection Vol. I
Before I show you how to play any licks using the pentatonic scale it is prudent that you first learn the different positions of the pentatonic scale. I feel that it would also be wise to read this page if you are not completely familiar with the scale. The pentatonic scale demonstrated below is played in the key of "E" meaning that the root note is "E". It is always important -no matter which scale of mode you are playing in- to know where the root notes are located on the entire fretboard. Many younger, less mature players tend to ignore that point and in doing so confine their solos to the reaches of merely one or two postitions, crippling the full potential of their guitar playing. I strongly suggest that you take the time to learn all the postions of a scale and the positions of their root notes, putting down the time and effort to do so will greatly expand your lead capacity and understanding of that scale. Below are five postions of the "E" pentatonic scale with a repeating postion at the twelfth fret (because the twelfth fret is an octave hgiher than zero which is an open string hence the reapeat) neatly, very very neatly laid down. Learn them well. All of the lessons in The Pentatonic Collection will require the guitarist to known this scale and its different postions. Although I wrote the example below in "E" I highly suggest you learn this scale -as well as every other scale you encounter- in all keys ( again, learning your scales in different keys up and down the neck is what separate the mature guitarists from the amatuer-and in this case really ignorant, senseless guitarists). Ending on a friendlier note, I hope you learn something valuable through the pentatonic collection I will try to update it once in a while, more often during the summer and winter holidays.