This lesson will be important to you if:
- You've been trying to play some "lead guitar", and are looking to learn more.
- You've already learned to play the blues scale.
- You've memorized the note names on the sixth and fifth string.
- You're comfortable with some scale memorization.
In the following lesson, you'll learn to play the major and minor pentatonic scale in five positions, all over the guitar fretboard.
What are Pentatonic Scales?
The pentatonic scale is one of the most commonly used scales used in music. The pentatonic scale is used both for soloing, and for basing song riffs around. Guitarists with an interest in learning to play lead guitar must learn their pentatonic scales.
A pentatonic scale consists of just five notes. This differs from many "traditional" scales, which often have seven (or more) notes. The fewer number of notes in the pentatonic scale can be helpful to the beginner guitarist - the scale omits some of the "trouble" notes found in traditional major and minor scales that can end up sounding wrong if not used properly.