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#1 2013-01-15 23:50:16

Fire art
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Pentatonic scale

I'm wanting to play more then chords so I started practicing the pentatonic scale in A it says the notes are A C D E G but I'm playing 12 notes  what Re the notes I'm playing starting on the fat string


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#2 2013-01-16 00:03:34

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Re: Pentatonic scale

Pentatonic scales are five note scales.  You are probably playing that pattern all the way across the fretboard which would give you two octaves plus a few, which is why you're playing 12 notes.

Play the scale from A to A.  That should be six tones.  A C D E G A.   

Playing it all the way across the fretboard is good practice.  You just need to know where the root notes are so you know where you can resolve your licks.


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#3 2013-01-16 04:45:00

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Re: Pentatonic scale

jerome.oneil wrote:

A C D E G A

So without looking it up, that's 1-b3-4-5-b7-(1), right?  Regardless, I'm guessing that's MINOR pentatonic, because of the b3?


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#4 2013-01-16 17:16:37

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Re: Pentatonic scale

Astronomikal wrote:

jerome.oneil wrote:

A C D E G A

So without looking it up, that's 1-b3-4-5-b7-(1), right?  Regardless, I'm guessing that's MINOR pentatonic, because of the b3?

Precisely.

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#5 2013-01-16 20:19:43

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Re: Pentatonic scale

Baldguitardude wrote:

Precisely.

YESSS!  I rock!  Well, I occasionally teeter back and forth a bit anyway.

Maybe some of this theory stuff is starting to take hold.  smile

Thank you.


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#6 2013-01-16 21:06:22

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Re: Pentatonic scale

Astronomikal wrote:

jerome.oneil wrote:

A C D E G A

So without looking it up, that's 1-b3-4-5-b7-(1), right?  Regardless, I'm guessing that's MINOR pentatonic, because of the b3?

Yup.  I just didn't want to confuse him as it appears he's just starting out.


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#7 2013-01-17 17:03:49

Fire art
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Re: Pentatonic scale

jerome.oneil wrote:

Astronomikal wrote:

jerome.oneil wrote:

A C D E G A

So without looking it up, that's 1-b3-4-5-b7-(1), right?  Regardless, I'm guessing that's MINOR pentatonic, because of the b3?

Yup.  I just didn't want to confuse him as it appears he's just starting out.

and thank you for that


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