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Watch the SECTION 1: Gimme Five! online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Bass Guitar 3: Essential Skills

SECTION 1: Gimme Five! - Overview is a video guitar lesson presented by Ariane Cap and is sourced from Pentatonic Playground For Bass.


Pentatonic sounds have widespread use in many old (even ancient!) and modern styles of music. They create an open sound without harsh dissonances—in other words, all the notes of the pentatonic scale will sound pleasant with each other.

A pentatonic scale consists of five notes, which create patterns of two notes per string on the bass, resulting in very accessible shapes. Five notes is a small reservoir that can be easily kept track of. They're great building blocks for hip grooves, exciting fills, cool solos, and catchy melodies. They are applicable to many different styles, found in musical genres as diverse as country, rock, pop, folk, jazz, Latin music, blues, film and video game scores, and ethnic music. Although many variations and alterations of the basic pentatonic scale exist, in this particular course we are mainly using the major and minor pentatonic scales. We'll explore their shapes on the fingerboard, sounds, uses, and the oodles of fun that can be had with them.