What Is A Pentatonic Scale On Guitar? Lesson With TAB & Scale Patterns

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What is a pentatonic scale on guitar? On this page we take a look at the two main pentatonic scales used in guitar playing: the pentatonic minor and pentatonic major scales. We’ll find out how they’re constructed and how both can be used in your own guitar playing.

Guitar TAB and patterns for both scales have been provided, so you’ll be able to learn and use the scales in your own playing.

Let’s get started…

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Dorian Mode Pentatonic Licks: Learn A Simple Trick For Creating & Playing Original Dorian Phrases

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Did you know that there’s an easy way to play jazzy Dorian modal licks? In this lesson we show you how to create Dorian mode solos using common pentatonic scale shapes.

Most guitarists are familiar with pentatonic scales and are confident playing them in one or more fretboard positions. The same scale shapes can also be used to play Dorian modal licks. Read on to find out how…

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Diminished Arpeggios And Diminished Licks

Diminished Arpeggios Diminished Licks

Diminished arpeggios can be used by guitarists in any style of music, but they are particularly popular among jazz and metal guitarists.

In this lesson we show you how to play diminished arpeggios. We have also provided example diminished licks in jazz and metal styles. By playing these you’ll be able to hear how the arpeggios sound in a musical setting.

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How To Use Diatonic Arpeggios In Improvisation

This lesson will show you how to incorporate linked diatonic arpeggios into your lead guitar solos. It’s aimed mainly at jazz guitarists, but can be used in most rock and pop styles too.

Diatonic Arpeggios Guitar Lesson

First I’ll introduce the (very simple) theory behind the technique. Then I’ll provide some arpeggio shapes that you can use when you try the technique out for yourself.

At the end of the article I’ve included a few short licks to illustrate the technique.

Do you want to learn guitar scales and modes? Check out our backing tracks for learning scales and modes – written specifically for you to learn and use scales and modes in your improvisation.

To get started, try playing the following line. It’s not particularly musical: it’s simply all seven diatonic 7ths in the key of C. Use it to warm up and to get an idea of the sound of linked arpeggios.

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2 5 1 Progression Explained – What It Is & How To Play It

2 5 1 progression lesson

This lesson provides an introduction to the 2 5 1 progression.

Even if you don’t play jazz, the 2 5 1 is a very important sequence of chords.

This lesson explains what ‘2 5 1’ actually means, and provides example chord progressions so that you can play it for yourself.

If you want to play some 2 5 1 progressions, examples can be found at the end of this lesson. Be sure to come back and learn the theory, too!

2 5 1 Progression Lesson: Introduction

Quick test: can you tell where the 2 5 1’s are in the progression below?

2 5 1 Example
2 5 1 Example – Where Are The Changes? (See example song at end of article for answers)

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