How to Play The Pentatonic Scale Using 4 Notes Per String And Visualization

If you’re into tapping or if you’ve got monster hands, you know, four notes per string. Like with the tapping thing, you can do five notes. But just look at the scale. You want to try to visualize the whole scale all over the neck. One way to start to tackle that is to do these exercises that I show in “Pentatonic Passages”, which is just simply — and it’s not about speed; it’s more about visualization. Playing the pentatonic scale, three notes per string, horizontally across the neck like… Now that’s the root position. So you also want to learn the first version of that or the major pentatonic. And then the next inversion. Next one. And then… So you would want to learn like all the different inversions; learn three notes per string horizontally and then pick up my DVD, “Pentatonic Passages”, and see what things I’ve covered and see how you can apply it to what you’re doing. And just because I repeated a note, that doesn’t mean that every time you play horizontal like that you would have to repeat a note. Because you can sequence things in such a way… Check this out; we’ve all heard this lick, right? As far as the four note per string thing, I mean, what I think of more, really, is trying to visualize four notes per string and then making something musical with it. But you don’t necessarily have to play four notes consecutively. Let’s take what’s commonly thought of as the Locrian pattern, that’s three notes per string, across the neck. Then we’re also seeing the Ionian pattern, three notes per string across the neck. We’re seeing those two patterns together, which kind of creates a four note per string type visualization, as it were. Well, again, just like with the pentatonic scale, getting into like sequencing and making melodies and nice music. And not only that, I mean, you can play the scale, four notes per string so you can see more of — you can start to, in your mind’s eye, see the fret board in a different way and put yourself in a different spot on the guitar neck by practicing your scales that way, four notes per string.

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