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How To Connect Pentatonic Scales

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Scales are usually played on the guitar neck vertically (straight up and down) and sometimes horizontally (across the guitars fretboard.) If we take a simple pentatonic scale like the one below we will play it vertically on all 6 strings.

We will end up playing 5 notes (A , C , D , E ,G). We placed the note names next to the fret numbers for easy reference. We could play the same scale on one string but, it's not very useful and has it limitations. Playing in patterns makes much more sense, since we can play our melodies and solo's smoother and faster melodically.

If you take a look at pattern 2. you can see it starts on the 6th string 8th fret. This is the second note in Pattern 1. As a matter of fact if you look at the scale form in the last of part of Pattern 1 and the first part of Pattern 2. they are exactly the same. So we are just moving up the fretboard to another position. In this case from the 5th position to the 7th position. It's just like putting a puzzle together with these same 5 notes (Pentatonic Scale). The Pentatonic scale happens to have 5 patterns in all. Yeah you guessed it with the same 5 notes repeating over and over again.

5 notes = 5 Patterns (a pattern for each note.) Easy enough right?

Most guitarist get intimidated by thinking there's more notes involved, but that's just not the case.

The same goes with a major scale with 7 notes, each note gets a pattern, also called the (Modes). It's recommended to learn the notes on the guitar which makes learning scales and chords easier. Try calling out the note names in different positions on the guitars fretboard. For example the open 6 string, 7th fret 5th string or 9th fret 3rd string are all E notes just in different octaves. With practice you will be able to call out the notes names without thinking.

Pattern 1.

                    ====last part
-----5A-------------8C-----
-----5E-------------8G-----
-----5C--------7D----------
-----5G--------7A----------
-----5D--------7E----------
-----5A-------------8C-----

Pattern 2.

1st part===
-----8C-------10D-------
-----8G-------10A-------
-7D------9E-------------
-7A-----------10C-------
-7E-----------10G-------
-----8C-------10D-------