If you ever have a wild dream of being a heavy rock and roller or a sassy blues and jazz player, then the pentatonic scale is a must know for you. While at first, it may seem challenging to actually learn a new scale (as well as making guitar seem more tedious), your music will benefit tenfold from knowing just those few notes.
Bear in mind that one’s ability to play rock and roll or blues is not directly related to how well they know their pentatonic scales. It’s actually quite possible to play without knowing a single lick of them! But this is guitarcontrol, and we want to help you become a better musician! While not needed, your music style will vastly improve at a much faster rate than it normally would if you know these scales.
Pentatonic scales are actually quite simple. As the prefix hints at, pentatonics have only five notes. Yes, you heard me right. Five. That’s a whole two notes less than your typical major and minor scales. This allows the pentatonic to breathe, sound broader, and leave much room for improvisation. This actually benefits you as the player because it is much harder to play a wrong note while using a pentatonic scale than it would be on a major scale.
Here are some different patterns in the pentatonic scale. As you can plainly see, there are plenty of different things you can do just by fiddling around with the five pentatonic notes. Moreover, if you can learn to mess around with what sounds good and just start playing them in no particular order, you sound like you know you’re doing!
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Note that like major and minor scales, there are also major and minor pentatonic scales. Learning them can be a breeze, if you are determined enough to tackle it. Don’t let the idea of learning scales turn you away. If you face it head on, you will become a better musician in the long run.
Keep rocking out, guitarists, and keep an eye out on our website for more articles on scales and other things guitar related too. This is Joshua Olivieri, and thank you for reading.
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