If you’re stuck in the pentatonic box and struggling to find a useful way to make any musical sense of the five pentatonic positions then do yourself a favour and try something new … Pack your virtual suitcase with a few simple ideas, cut off all contact, and lock away everything you know about the five pentatonic positions. Take a thirty day break from them and when you come back you’ll see them in a completely new (and usable) light. Suitcase ready, here’s your packing list!
I’m currently working on a new lead guitar series of lessons for playing the minor pentatonic scale using the entire fretboard (coming soon) and I have to be honest, I get the feeling it’s not going to be as popular as I would like it to be. Why? Because I think most struggling guitarists are still looking for that amazing overnight miracle or sudden insight.
Minor Arpeggios and the minor pentatonic
There seems to be a lot of confusion about arpeggios for those who have never played around with them. [Read more…]
Breaking down the pentatonic scale
One of the biggest problems with scale positions is if you’re not careful you might end up thinking about them in positions relative to each other, rather than independent scales. [Read more…]
Intervals inside the pentatonic shapes
It’s also important to know the placement of all the chords and intervals within the pentatonic shapes. [Read more…]
All of the previous chord forms were built on triads. A triad is simply a chord containing three notes. [Read more…]
The Guitar Rut! … I’m sure most of us guitarists have been in the same situation at some point. We enter the world of lead guitar, learn the minor pentatonic scale, some licks, get the technique down quite well and just as we start sounding pretty good we hit a brick wall! At this point most of us reach the same conclusion.. The pentatonic scale is too limited, we need to learn something new. [Read more…]
Unless you have never played a guitar before then the subject of tuning is quite obvious and straightforward. You plug in your guitar tuner, turn the machine heads until the needle is centred for each string in turn and your done, right?.. Well actually, no.. not quite!
Driving Twelve Bar Rock Blues. [Read more…]