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Watch the Voice Leading Minor Pentatonics online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Blues Connections: Minor

In order to voice lead pentatonics, we need more than one chord. For this lesson, I've picked a three chord progression for us to practice our voice leading. We'll be using Am, Dm, and Em, meaning that we have to have command of the corresponding minor pentatonics for each chord. So, we need to know A, D, and E minor pentatonic and the five modes for each. The idea is to ascend and descend through the A minor pentatonic scale until the chord changes to Dm. At that point, we need to change to the closest note in the D minor pentatonic scale and keep moving in the same direction.

I've picked eighth notes as my rhythm and I begin by ascending. I recommend not doing this with the track at first, just take the time to really think about what you're doing and where the next note is before you move. You shouldn't be rushed. Once you're feeling comfortable, try it with the track. As you progress, try using dotted eighth/sixteenths, triplets, sixteenths, and various combinations. Also try starting descending from the high E string. Keep forcing yourself out of comfort zones. I've included backing tracks in three different keys for this lesson.