Learn To Play: Minor Pentatonic Tricks

We’re back with another installment of Reverb Lessons, and this week Joe’s laying down some nifty information on the minor pentatonic scale. Immensely accessible and immediately recognizable, the minor pentatonic is most closely associated with a traditional blues sound, but works wonders incorporated into a solo or improvisational tear. An essential tool in any guitarist’s wheelhouse, this scale can easily add new facets to your playing or provide a fresh perspective when constructing your next riff.

Joe starts the lesson off with a quick recap on minor pentatonic and a run up and down the scale. The term “pentatonic minor scale” refers to the relative minor pentatonic scale, which is comprised of the 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 steps of a natural minor scale. After establishing the scale’s framework, Joe demonstrates three useful tricks: descending four notes and ascending three on the scale, playing the fifth above each note on the scale, and adding a note-pentatonic note for subtle coloring and flavor.

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