Learning different scales, such as the minor pentatonic scales, can be a really quick way to learn your way around the fretboard. By practicing scales, your fingers will become more fluent with chord changes as well as location of each note which is vital to learning new specific songs and riffs.
If you are learning how to play scales, minor pentatonic scales are a fun place to start.
There are 5 positions in the minor pentatonic scales. By mastering each one before moving to the next you will gradually start to get the hang of it. You will feel accomplished when you finally master it. There are a few scales that you can print out that are helpful for anyone just starting included in the video below.
In the video he recommends setting your guitar aside and essentially memorizing each note and imagining yourself playing them. This is the way the I learned as well.
Everyone has their own learning style and this technique may not be the one for you, there are other options if that is the case. Damon Ferrante’s Guitar Scales Handbook is a step-by-step guide to scales, music theory, and fretboard theory filled with 100 lessons. You can pick it up for about $10 and it will change the game for you. Not only does it teach you various scales, but also how to apply them into your solos.
Which technique did you use to learn the minor pentatonic scales? Have you checked out any of of Damon Ferrante’s other work? We love hearing from you so feel free to leave us a comment!