How to Play The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes on the Electric Guitar – Supercharged Soloing Made Simple

In this Guitar Control lesson video, we will show you how to play “The 5 Pentatonic Scale Shapes”.

Check the image above to follow the chords and tabs.

We will start by just covering the real basics of the pentatonic scale. We all knew, that I have already covered this in the “Killer League Guitar made Simple and Killer Guitar Control Secrets“, if you guys already know this, will start in the key of a, getting some three note per string links, later we go over the basic two notes per string. I will explain how this all connects.

In the first pattern, we start on the low e string fifth fret with our first finger, and pinky on the eighth fret. I call this one because you are going up four frets next string. The next three strings we are going to use, are the first finger and ring finger on one, three, which the key of a is the fifth fret, seventh fret, and then the last two strings are one, four, one, four, which is the fifth fret and eighth fret in the key of a.

With my right hand, I am doing an alternate picking up, down, or down, up, actually down, but I do not want you to get too concerned and really focused on the technique course. We are not really concerned about how we are picking it. You can even play and hammer ones if you want, which you are to pick the first note.

In the next position, which starts on the eighth fret to the 10th, I will be using my middle finger and pinky, then first finger and pinky, then first finger and ring finger, and then middle and pinky for the last two. If I wanted to call this fingers, I could say two, four, one, four, one, four, one, three, two, four, two, four, next one is going to be one, three, one, three, one, three, and then I am going to move back a fret one, four, then I will shift up to this one, four, and one, three, so the frets would be 10th and 12th, 10th, to the 12th, 10th, and 12th, 9th, and 12th, 10th, and 13th, and then 10th, and 12th.

The next pattern is the fourth pattern will be 1, 4, on the 12th, to the 15th fret. 1, 4, 1, 4, 1, 3, 1, 3, two, four, and one, four. The last pattern is going to be play a couple of different ways, you could play it two, four, two, four, and then one, four, one, four, and again two, four, two, four, or you can play at one, three, and then shift back, play it any way you feel comfortable. The point of this is for you to master the whole scale across the entire fretboard.

I recommend you stick with one or two keys a and e to get a better understanding, instead of trying to learn all of the 12 keys. Focus first on the keys for a while.

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