Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Minor Pentatonic patterns.

In this post, I will give you the tab forms of the most popular minor pentatonic patterns. If you more information about how this scale is formed, please click on pentatonic scale

For convenience, I am giving positions for E minor. These scales are movable and you can use them in any key

E minor pentatonic patterns



First pattern:

e-----------------------------------------------12---15
b-----------------------------------12----15----
g---------------------------12---14------------------
d-------------------12--14------------------------
a-----------12--14-----------------------------
e---12--15------------------------------------

The root note in the above pattern is note on the 12th fret on the 'E' string.

Second pattern:

e------------------------------------10----12----
b------------------------------10--12--------------
g-----------------------9---12------------------
d-----------------9--12------------------------
a---------10---12-----------------------------
e--10--12------------------------------------


The root note in the above pattern is note on the 12th fret on the 'E' string.

Third pattern:

e------------------------------------7----10----
b----------------------------8----10------------
g----------------------7---9------------------
d-----------------7--9------------------------
a----------7---10-----------------------------
e---7---10------------------------------------

The root note in the above pattern is note on the seventh fret on the 'A' string.

Fourth pattern:

e------------------------------------5----7----
b----------------------------5--8------------
g----------------------4---7------------------
d-----------------5--7------------------------
a----------5---7-----------------------------
e---5--7------------------------------------

The root note in the above pattern is note on the seventh fret on the 'A' string.

Fifth pattern:

e------------------------------------3----5----
b----------------------------3----5------------
g----------------------2---4------------------
d-----------------2--5------------------------
a----------2---5-----------------------------
e---3--5------------------------------------

The root note in the above pattern is note on the second fret on the 'D' string.

All of the patterns that are above are movable. You can move them and play in any key. What you can do is practice the patterns one at a time. When you are able to play them fluidly, you can combine the patterns. You will realize that you have made a new solo. Try to play some power chords and add a note of pentatonic scale which is in the key you are playing. When you do this, you will come up with a nice riff for your own song. Music is about experimentation and experiment as much as you can. The more you experiment and make new riffs, the more unique your music will be. In the end, we need to make our own style and trends whenever we play the guitar or any other musical instrument. The world is looking for new ideas and new music. If you can tap into your potential, you may realize one fine morning, the next big thing is you.