Learning the Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale is the first scale any guitar player should learn. It is the easiest, and also the most important. Even if you never learn another scale in your life, if you master the pentatonic scale, you’ll go far – it’s that important!

With that said, here it is:

Video Problems? Watch Learning the Pentatonic Scale on Youtube.

A Pentatonic Minor Scale PatternThe scale in this video is the minor pentatonic scale, and the scale pattern for it is below. The numbers represent your fingers; index being 1, pinky being 4. The red note is the root, and the others are octaves of that same note.

E:  |–1–|—–|—–|–4–| — 1st string
B:  |–1–|—–|—–|–4–|
G:  |–1–|—–|–3–|—–|
D:  |–1–|—–|–3–|—–|
A:  |–1–|—–|–3–|—–|
E:  |–1–|—–|—–|–4–| — 6th string

The tab starts at the 5th fret (Am Pentatonic position)

You can see the whole fretboard in the diagram on the right. The red notes are the root notes. Try to get used to seeing how the scale repeats itself. Every time you see a red note, that’s the octave, and it means the scale is starting over again.

The minor pentatonic scale I just showed you in this video is really only the tip of the iceberg. If you really want to accelerate your mastery of blues guitar, checkout Blues Guitar Unleashed by Griff Hamlin. It’s a great course that will have you on your way in no time!

Questions or Comments? Leave one below! And start ripping it up with that pentatonic minor scale!

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102 Responses to “Learning the Pentatonic Scale”

  1. Dave M. October 25, 2009 at 12:31 am #

    Sweet – that’s exactly what I needed.

  2. Edwas November 2, 2009 at 11:49 am #

    http://www.guitartipsweekly.com – da best. Keep it going!
    Edwas

  3. Bob November 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm #

    Thanks, I need help. After being a 20 yr. self-taught player it’s time to reach out.

  4. buddy November 20, 2009 at 3:40 am #

    Hello,Just wanted to let you know
    The tab for this video shows you playing the 8 fret on the a string. The video shows you playing the 7 fret, a string.
    Thank you for your time for putting this together it does help.

  5. Jonathan November 20, 2009 at 8:26 am #

    Hi Buddy – I just checked and I’m pretty sure the tab is ok. This tab isn’t true tab – I did it this way to indicate which finger to use on which fret. Kind of a wierd way of doing it I guess. I’ll try to come up with a better graphic.

    So on the A string, with your index finger anchored off the 5th fret, you would play with your 3rd finger on the 7th fret.

    Hope that helps.

  6. Eroc December 15, 2009 at 7:02 am #

    I play scales A LOT!!! Do you have any advise on how to make it more enjoyable? I improvise through them and practice alternate picking. Anything else?

    • Jonathan December 15, 2009 at 7:13 am #

      Hey Eroc – improvising over them is where I get the most enjoyment from my scales. You could also try finding and playing the notes from the chords in that key out of the scale, and arpeggiating them. Not sure where you’re at with your theory 🙂

      Another great practice technique is taking your box patterns and finding ways to transition between them. I’m thinking of doing a lesson on this soon.

  7. roger daniel December 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm #

    this is good stuff ive been playing for 40 years +. country music mostly ive been wanting to pick up on the blues and this is great keep it up man !!! you can teach an old dog new tricks !!!!! thanks

  8. Jim Schmidt December 24, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    Great job Johnathan,

    Let me know if you would like to link to my site.

    I am a builder of Blues Guitars in Northern CA.
    http://www.JLSguitars.com
    My customers could see your lessons……….

    Peace
    Jim

    • Jonathan December 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm #

      Hey Jim – I just emailed you… nice guitars by the way!

  9. maggie January 7, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Hi Jonathan,
    I am very new to utilizing scales, so my question might sound kind of dopey, but here goes.
    WHere exactly can I practice soloing with this scale pattern? Is is just for AM songs, GM songs, CM songs..etc?
    I like the pentatonic, it is easy enough to get comfortable with, but I do not think I would get to use it much if it is just for ‘minor’ chording songs.
    Could you clarify this, in case I am completely wrong.
    Maggie

  10. Jonathan January 7, 2010 at 10:28 am #

    Hi Maggie – the pentatonic scale can be used in major or minor keys. Am Pentatonic sounds great in the key of C major, because Am is the relative minor of C major.

    If you want to play in a different key, simply move the pattern up or down the fretboard to the key where you want to play in. It’s the same pattern, wherever you go!

  11. maggie January 7, 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Just fabulous, I am going to have lots of fun with this, and it will definitely help me discover my bar chords quicker.
    When you say I can use the AM pentatonic with the Cmajor chord, do you mean that I can stay on the 5th fret and use it for A ‘or’ C improvising? If so, that is interesting, as I do that when I play harmonica with my guitar, I found that by chance.
    This is really going to be fun.
    Thanx
    M

  12. Jonathan January 7, 2010 at 10:43 am #

    Yes, you can use Am pentatonic with the C major chord, however more broadly you can use it over anything that is being played in the key of C, or the key of Am for that matter.

    So if a song is in the key of C, you could improvise during the whole song in the Am pentatonic scale.

  13. maggie January 7, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    This is like getting a ‘double dip’ and winning. I will just work it with C and AM for awhile, just play and play until I have a comfort zone, two for one, very nice. This is a great scale to begin with, it is such an easy fit, the concept is clear, and the possibilities are pretty limitless, with some healthy creative skills.
    thanks a lot:)
    Maggie

  14. Jonathan January 7, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Seeing you ‘get it’ makes me smile – its great fun when the light bulb goes on isn’t it?

    • Joseph Jacobs February 4, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Awesome Jonathan! Can you run the relative minor part (down 3 frets) by me once more in relation to the scale? Will this concept work no matter where I start the scale?

      • Jonathan Boettcher February 17, 2015 at 8:30 am #

        Yes, anywhere you start a major scale, (on the 6th string) if you go down three frets, you can start the relative minor pattern from there. Basically you’re dropping your starting point by a minor third (three semitones). I explain this much more in my Unlocking I IV V and Guitar Scale Patterns courses.

  15. Jim V February 12, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Jonathan,

    First, off topic, but I want thank you for the great crash course on guitar theory. I’ve been getting together and playing with 3 guys for over a year and they’re always referring to these concepts, and I’ve always had a “deer in the headlights” look on my face. It was exactly the foundation I needed. Well worth the $18 and great that I can replay the lesson again when needed.

    I’ve also been working with a book called “Fretboard Logic” by Bill Edwards, and finding it very helpful. Among other things, he teaches what he refers to as the C-A-G-E-D scale forms. For example, if I play the G scale form at the 5th position I get a C Scale that can be used to play lead patterns for songs in the key of C.

    This is exactly the same scale you are teaching here in this lesson and which you refer to as the Am Pentatonic Scale. Curious how it got to be called Am. Can you explain?

    Cheers,
    Jim

    • Jonathan February 15, 2010 at 8:51 am #

      Hi Jim, I’m not completely familiar with the C-A-G-E-D system; though it looks to be a easy way to think of some of the fifth intervals.

      Pentatonic minor is the proper name for this scale… though it is sometimes referred to as the blues scale as well. You can move the scale form all over the fretboard and the letter names will change; however it is still a pentatonic minor. This particular one in the video is the A minor pentatonic. I get into this in a bit more detail in my Guitar Scale Patterns lesson.

  16. devender February 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    nice…………….

  17. ChaliQ February 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm #

    You are right on about Griff Hamlins course Unleashing the blues. The course I got is not for beginners & I also found out I wasn’t as skilled with chords as I had thought. Especially the 7th & 9th chords. I’m really picking alot of good stuff up. Looking forward to working with you also.

  18. Clay March 12, 2010 at 4:11 am #

    I have already been working on my pentatonic scales and have some questions. There are 5 forms of pentatonic scales.. if they can all be moved, what is the reason to have 5 of them? I have heard that the major and minor pentatonic is the same scale but the root note is different and that you don’t have to start on the root note. The one shown here is the first form. The minor root is the 6 string 5 fret and the major is 6 string 8 fret. What is the musical difference between the two of them as they seem the same to me especially since you don’t need to start on the root. I also have been wanting to learn how to move between the forms, but don’t understand how to do that yet.

    I really love the rifs from your previous lessons.. The 4 note blues one and the one in the key of G using the scale. Excellent stuff. Thanks for the lessons.

  19. Jim Allen March 17, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    I also have been a “Thumper” for quite awhile & have always wanted more so this will be a blessing for my learning curve.. Thanks much & keep up the good work,, I’ll be practicing.

  20. jack March 26, 2010 at 11:23 am #

    Hi
    Thanks for doing this!!

  21. Adam March 26, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

    Jonathan,
    I’m just curious because I’m trying to grasp the theory of how Am is a relative minor of Cmaj. I know Am works with the key of C simply because the note “C” is the result of lowering the 3rd of “A” by a half step. But I also know that in any key, usually its the root note, 4th, and 5th and for “C”, “A” is a 6th of “C”. Can you explain if you know please?

    • Jonathan March 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm #

      Hi Adam,

      I get into this in more depth in my lesson on I IV V, at OneFourFive.com, but basically the A is the 6th (VI) note of the C scale. So you can look at it as going up to the 6th, or coming down three semitones from the octave; same difference in the end. The relative minor scale goes through exactly the same notes from the C major scale, but the only difference is that the minor scale starts on the 6th note. Hope that helps a bit. Cheers.

  22. Bill March 28, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    I don’t know how it’s going to help just yet, but I’m sure it will. The only other scale I know to date is the Gmaj scale. I’ve been doing the Chimp thing for 30 years. I just returned from a vacation in Nashville. I’m determined to learn the neck of this guitar.

  23. Kevin April 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm #

    pentatonic
    nice – what’s next my friend

  24. H.Madhusudhan April 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    Thank you John for making the Am Pentatonic scale playing so simple and interesting that I am sure will encourage me to practise hard.

    Regards
    Madhusudhan
    India

  25. joe April 23, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    you very good teacher keep up the good work. joetheshakerRBLEG. THANKS

  26. Russ April 27, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Easy to follow. Thanks! This is just what I needed to see.

  27. Jim May 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

    I’m a 58 year old wanna be. I taught myself some cords at a teen and have been playing and singing ( not always good ) off and on since. Feel it is about time to learn some finger playing. I will practice the scale and see what happens. Love the blues.

  28. james June 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    very nice lesson

  29. Steve Babinchak June 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Thanks! My first lesson & very impressed.Looking forward to more.

  30. Steve Babinchak June 4, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    Thanks ! First lesson & it was great. Looking forward to more.

  31. Sean Loughran June 24, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    Hey, I’ve just subscribed to these lessons and this is the first one I’ve watched. I can already see that I’m going to learn a lot from them, thanks. I’m a relative rookie in guitar scales and riffing etc. I’ve been more interested in the easy chords stuff before.
    I think this scale is great for Don’t Look Back In Anger by Oasis. I was just playing along with it there and almost all the riffs are within this scale. Can you recommend any other songs I can use to help me practice this scale?

  32. Jonathan Boettcher June 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi Sean – the cool thing about the pentatonic scale is you can use it nearly anywhere. So I’d recommend putting on another song you like, figure out which key it is in, and then try the pentatonic scale over top of it. You might be surprised how well it works!

    • Sean Loughran June 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

      Ok, thanks. Looking forward to my next lesson! I try a lot of solos for various songs but never really took a notion as to what key it’s in or anything like that so I think a lot of things will fall into place by watching these videos.

  33. martin August 5, 2010 at 1:35 am #

    awesome cheers for that it comes in handy

  34. james August 15, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    nice. very easy to follow. thanks

  35. Don from Australia September 12, 2010 at 6:03 am #

    I went to watch the video and, no video. I enjoyed reading yours, and others comments though. It did display the tableture, so that’s something I can work on. Thanks

  36. tom September 14, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    hey johnathan!!!i need to step up my pickin!! been a rythm player for years which i enjoy but…..i need to add some magic! thanx!!

  37. Jose November 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm #

    I have been receiving your daily emails and I am looking forward to getting started. I currently don’t have a guitar, but I am planning on getting one in the next few weeks. I got rid of my guitar years ago because I have been playing bass for a long time. I see your lessons also helping me to expand with my bass playing.

    Looking forward to these lessons, thanks.

  38. Jonathan November 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm #

    Hi Jose, yeah, there is a lot of crossover between the bass and the guitar. I’ve done a whole 2 hr lesson on bass over at http://www.bassguitartheory.com

  39. robert November 6, 2010 at 7:21 am #

    hi johnathan
    i am a beginer to playing guitar and have received your weekly tips my problem is my computer died and i lost all the info and now i have anew computer and this is the only lesson i have is it possible you can send me what i lost i was learning chords and strumming and dont know what else i had from you i just save everything and go one at atime thank you for all your help

    • Jonathan November 6, 2010 at 11:12 am #

      Ok, check your inbox 🙂

  40. Joanne December 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm #

    Hey Jonathan, Joanne here,I am enjoying your guitar tips. I am making sure I have time to practice now, and take my guitar with me to all my gigs as well. My aged residents who have known me for some time are very happy with my guitar playing and singing. So I am wrapped with everything so far. Thanks Jonathan

  41. Justin January 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I found this video awhile back when searching for vids teaching the scale, So, I’ve had plenty of time to practice and improve. Thanks for your help and support.

    • Krish Naidoo (South Africa) January 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

      Many thanks Jonathan.I just watched my first lesson from you, on the Am Pentatonic scale.Very interesting.You make it look so easy .Looking forward to more lessons.

  42. michael lamb February 18, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    showing me these scales reamps my desire to play guitar the correct way. thanks for giving them free,at least to start with. if i have something that shows i’m going above where i was yesterday or last week, then you have my attention. i’m a electrican and travel from my home 70 percent of tne time. something like this keeps me from going to bed with the chickens and putting more knowledge in the ole coconut is a very positive thing. thanks for letting me take the ride. michael lamb

    • Jonathan February 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

      Hi Michael, you’re more than welcome. Playing guitar is a great way to stay sane while away from home…

  43. consuelo April 10, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    YOU ARE WONDERFULL ….THANK YOU FOR SHARING ….BLESSINGS..

  44. cosmas April 16, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Thanks john, my question is if I learn one pentatonic scale can I use it to play in all keys since its movable if yes then why do I need to learn all the others
    thanks, waiting for a reply, Iam a beginner..

    • Jonathan April 18, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      Hi Cosmas, yes, the pentatonic scale is moveable.. however the pattern only gives you access to a portion of the fretboard in each key. If you want, you can use that same pattern in every key, just moving it around, however you’ll not get the full range of the fretboard in every key, as you would if you learned additional patterns.

      That is the kind of thing I cover in my Guitar Scale Patterns course… http://www.guitarscalepatterns.com

  45. David May 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    hi Jonathan im 66 been playing with the scale pentatonic for 6 months now know the the 5 boxs can tie them our go from 1 to 3 but still cant play a song can hammer out a few blues licks but take a rock song nothing help ty

  46. Edward May 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I am a happy musician in Texas! I am so glad I ran across your pentatonic scale video, I will be, how do they say in da hood… get er’ dun! This is a great video! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Keep em’ coming… GOD BLESS

  47. Dharak May 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    It’s awesome!!!!!!!!on the roads of playing blues!!!!!!i m knowing the chords & strumming!!!!!so what will be the next step after pentatonic scales??????

  48. mary June 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    isit true that ef#G#abc#d#e is e scale thanks

    • Jonathan June 3, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      Yes, that is the E Major scale

  49. ElusiveRick June 25, 2011 at 7:54 pm #

    You have come out of nowhere (it seems to me) & established yourself as THE Online Guitar Teacher that takes the time & CONSISTENTLY makes the effort to GIVE & I thank you Jonathan.
    When I read the comments like the ones from MAGGIE above you are connecting on a very personal level & REALLY teaching people valuable things.
    The world needs more Jonathans.

  50. Jesse James August 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Hi Jonathan,
    I have a question here that I think I missed up till now. When you are doing the Penatonic Scale, do you always leave the B and F notes out of the scale? Whereas, using the Diatonic scale you include them all in? For some reason, I have been missing something in this, and I wonder if I am on the right track now with this question.
    Thanks Jonathan for your help.

    • Jonathan September 2, 2011 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Jesse, I assume you’re talking about the A pentatonic minor… and in that case, yes. Of course if you shifted keys, you’d be leaving out different notes and possibly including the B and the F. Those are the two notes you drop: the II and the VI from the diatonic minor scale.

      • Jesse James September 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

        Hi Jonathan,
        Thank you for your response.
        So depending on what Key you are in, you would leave out the ll and the Vl?
        I think I am getting it now. Your efforts are paying off for me, so once again thank you.

        • Jonathan September 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

          Yes – to convert from minor diatonic to minor pentatonic, you leave out the II and the VI.

  51. David September 5, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Hi Jonathan,
    I’m self-taught and have been playing for about eight months. I’m well practiced in the minor pentatonic as far as improvising and alternate picking. My question is what’s the best way to play the major pentatonic scale to get comfortable to solo on it? I know that the Am pentatonic is the relative minor to the CM pentaonic but I can’t seem to find a good way to play it, I can’t seem to get the flow that I can with the minor pentatonic even though they’re the same notes. So what would you recommend to learn to improvise over it? Also what are other good scales for soloing to rock and blues progressions?

    Thanks for all the help,
    David

    • Jonathan September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

      Hi David,

      I personally find it is more difficult to play the major scales on the guitar as opposed to the minor scales. The minor ones just line up better. That said, we need to know all of them, so practice is really the ticket here. Remember, when you’re using a major scale, you don’t go with the relative – ie in the key of A, you can solo with A major pentatonic or F# minor pentatonic.

      Once you’ve got your pentatonics under control, I’d add the diatonic major and minor, because you’re already nearly there already.

      You can also checkout my 30 Blues Backing Tracks if you’re looking for material to solo over:
      http://www.bluesguitarbackingtracks.com

      • David September 15, 2011 at 11:32 am #

        Hi Jonathan,
        Thanks for the advice. Due to your lessons, I have learned all the pentatonic positions and can solo on them fluently. And thanks to your lessons, I now understand the relative major
        and minor in every key.
        Thanks again,
        David

  52. Jesse James September 7, 2011 at 6:10 pm #

    Hi Jonathan,
    Now I understand it much better now with the penatonic and diatonic scales in this area of which notes to leave out. You saved me a little more hair now, however, not much left anyway. lol

  53. dwayne oxner November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    Hey,Jonathan,thanks for the am penatonic lesson. practiced it for an hour straight.

  54. Tom Lee March 21, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    Just suscribed to GTW and love it already. I am picking my guitar back up since a too long hiatus (went to the International Blues Challenge and really got inspired)I’m sure this will help me get back in the groove. Thanks so much, and don’t be shy about bringing on the blues.

  55. erdogan April 14, 2012 at 5:31 am #

    hey jonthan thanks for the penatonic lesson now i understand better thanks again erdogan

  56. Mason_kilgore September 6, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    What fret would i be on, if i wanted to play this pentatonic scale in E minor?

    • Jonathan September 6, 2012 at 10:22 am #

       You’d have to start the pattern on an E.. so either open, or at the 12th fret. I’d recommend checking out my Guitar Scale Patterns course for more on the scales.

      • Mason_kilgore September 6, 2012 at 11:03 am #

        I have your your guitar scale pattern course, but this wasn’t explained or i missed it.  I’m kind of confused on which pattern to play at which time. Do i move the pattern around when the song changes keys, or can i stay in the same place (root position)?

        • Jonathan September 6, 2012 at 11:10 am #

          Hi Mason, I’d recommend going back through the course; a lot of people tell me they pick up a lot the second (or third) time through it, as there is a lot packed in there.

          You don’t have to move the pattern around; you can stay in that exact same pattern, in the root position, while the chords are changing all around you. Down the road, when you’re more advanced, it is of course possible to move patterns, but just getting started there is no need to add that extra complexity.

    • frank January 7, 2013 at 3:13 am #

       Hey Mason, first thing is that you must know the names of the notes on the 6th and 5th strings down to the 12th fret.  Then you can this lesson in any key,ex 8th fret, Cm, 3rd fret,Gm. pretty simple.  Frank

  57. M_dolich56 January 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    You cover the pentatonic scale very well thanks. A lot of lesson’s I’ve watched online didn’t show close up of fingering patteren on guitar, you did!!!

  58. joelan3 February 24, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    good start. I’m looking forward to some cool lessons.

  59. Mason May 1, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    I’ve tried this pattern and it doesn’t sound good for me. According to the lesson, unless I missed something, if you start this pattern on the 3rd fret (G note) this would be your root note. You should be able to play a song thats is in the key of “G” but this doesn’t work, it sounds terrible. It does sound good if the song is in the key of “Bb”, which “G” is the relative minor for “Bb”. Am I wrong or have I missed something?

    • Jonathan Boettcher May 1, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Hi Mason, you’d use this pattern as a the relative minor of the key
      you’re in. For instance, if you’re in the key of “G” then you’d want to
      use this pattern, starting on the “E”. Em is the relative minor of G, an
      easy way to find that is to just go down three frets from your tonic.

      So your explanation is correct, using G as the relative minor of Bb.

      • mason kilgore May 28, 2013 at 7:18 am #

        Is there a scale starting on the 4th string, 5th fret (G) note that could be used when playing in the key of G? if there is, can this pattern be moved starting on other notes of the 4th string?

        • Jonathan Boettcher May 28, 2013 at 7:40 am #

          You can create patterns starting from any point you choose, by why not just look at it as part of the G major pattern that starts on the 6th string, 3rd fret? That pattern has a G at the spot you mentioned, so you can simply continue in the same pattern…

          Alternatively, if you really want something different, simply write down the scale and the notes that are being used in it, take a close look at your fretboard, and identify a new pattern that fits your needs… then yes, whatever pattern you end up with can be moved around into different keys.

  60. OneScamp June 20, 2013 at 4:09 am #

    Hiya Jonathan,
    Thanks for the great lessons. Really enjoying them.
    Just noticed in the diagram above that the 3rd fret on the B string should be a D not an F.
    Cheers – Frank

  61. Alexander Gonzalez March 2, 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    Hey Jonathan i want to tell you bro’ even though i haven’t got my guitar yet i just order it and hopefully it will arrive soon’ i am hopefully going to learn to play the acoustic guitar’ its been my dream since i was 14 i am 25 now’ so now i can do this and take my time on it 🙂 so i want to say thank you’ hopefully i can create a song’ to lift people spirit up 🙂 thats what i really want the most

  62. Lenny April 18, 2014 at 6:55 am #

    Well explained, easy to understand , thanks

  63. Stanley May 9, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Thank you so much for the lesson , I really like it . I start to play guitar sine I was 17 , but I do not know where to start to solo , I am 48 now , I am on my way . Thanks again . I am waiting for the next lesson .

  64. shantanu June 5, 2014 at 1:24 am #

    great lesson Jonathan! thanks

  65. Swayam Das August 26, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Hi Jonathan, your lesson is really great and I loved the thing you showed in the video. I am just a super basic beginner 😀 but I really wanna become perfect when I can play solos 🙂 Can you tell me what exactly is the Pentatonic Scale? I mean what benefit will it have if I practice this? I really can’t find the connection how this helps in playing songs 🙁 🙁

    Please help!

    • Jonathan Boettcher August 26, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      Hi Swayam, learning the scales won’t really help you as you’re strumming through songs, however as soon as you want to start playing riffs in between your chords, or play solos, then you will need the scales. If you want to play melody on guitar, you will need the scales.

      Keep on playing! 🙂

  66. ross October 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm #

    Hey there!

    Just wanted to say how helpful this lesson was. I am actually blind, and i am taking guitar at my school. Sadly my teacher doesnt even know how to play guitar and i have been teaching myself. Its challenging even though i play piano. My buddy who is also blind suggested these lessons. Right when i watched this video, it all clicked! Also, you do a fantastic job describing how too play and where to put your fingers.

    • Jonathan Boettcher October 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

      Hey Ross, that’s fantastic to hear! I’m so glad you were able to learn from the lesson!

  67. Sue March 25, 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Thanks for this lesson, I like to see how things are done. Now I will have no trouble reading these diagrams.

  68. wayne July 16, 2015 at 5:56 am #

    hi got my first lesson . thanks its right to it..

  69. Dave Miller October 24, 2015 at 9:35 pm #

    Jonathon , Thanks this lesson was one of those, Ahaah moments for me. It brought together a lot of scale lessons I’ve seen before. Again thanks. I just wish your scale charts were mirrored for us lefty’s .

  70. Frank October 27, 2015 at 4:52 am #

    I think I understand the pattern of the pentatonic scale. but what does the red circles in the graft represent?

    • Jonathan Boettcher October 27, 2015 at 7:40 am #

      Hi Frank, the red circles indicate the root note for the scale. Those notes are REALLY good for ending your solos or riffs on, although of course you can try the other notes too.

  71. naomi December 7, 2015 at 7:47 am #

    thank you

  72. Jerry January 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    Just started playing the guitar and I am very green at playing it. I really want to learn to play it and I am pleased that you are willing to work with me to get to that level.

  73. jot January 9, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    I need your help in understanding the use of penatonic minor scale

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