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Five Positions of the Pentatonic Scale for Guitar

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Five Positions of the Pentatonic Scale

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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.

Major vs. Minor Pentatonic Scale

One of the beauties of the pentatonic scale on guitar is that the major and minor versions of the scale have the same shape, they're just played in different locations on the fretboard. This can be tricky to understand at first, but will become clear with practice.
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