Dwayne's Guitar Lessons

A Minor Pentatonic Scale for playing leads is a 5 note scale. The minor pentatonic scale is probably the most widely used scale by guitarists, as it fits well into blues, country, rock, and metal playing. You will learn this scale first in the key of A, which gives us

A Minor Pentatonic Scale:

tab Am pentatonic scale

 

 

 

Here we play the scale through 2 octaves, but there are only 5 different notes: A C D E G.

Easy-To-Follow Scale Diagrams:

Scales and chords are also represented by “box diagrams” in addition to TAB. A box diagram shows the shapes that scales and chords make on a guitar fretboard, viewed from a vertical perspective.

                                                                             Scale box diagram for the Am Pentatonic Scale:

tab Am pentatonic box pattern

Notice how the 5 shows that this scale shape starts on the 5th fret of the E string (an A note). Normally, the string names (E A D G B e) are not shown like they are in this example but are shown here for better reference.  When reading this chord chart always remember the guitar is facing upward.  Not sideways like you normally look at it. Reading music can be very confusing sometimes because of the way it’s written.  But have patience, take your time learning and you’ll eventually get it. For more on this topic look at this example

Conclusion:

Playing Lead guitar can be fun, exciting and quite challenging.  I’d recommend you get a good sense or rhythm playing before you attempt lead guitar.  The reason for this is because when you play lead guitar, you need to know where the rhythm is that your playing lead guitar over.  If you don’t have a good sense of rhythm & timing, you won’t know where to go into the solo and where to come back in when your done.

Now if you feel you have a good sense of timing and rhythm then I’d recommend starting with the Am Pentatonic scale. What’s great about this pattern is that once you learn it very well, you can move it around the fretboard to play in different keys.  So learn what’s stated in this lesson and have fun with this scale and make it a foundation for your lead guitar playing.  If you have any questions feel free to shoot me an email.

 

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