Watch the E-Minor Pentatonic online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Progressive Blues Power

When playing the scale in this position, most of the notes, located two frets apart, are fretted with the index and ring fingers. When consecutive notes are fretted three frets apart, I generally switch to using the index finger and pinkie. Occasionally I will stick with the index-pinkie combo even when playing notes two frets apart.

Play the scale in ascending and descending manner many times till it is comfortable and memorized, and then move on to developing your lick vocabulary in this position by playing through the many examples offered here. Notice that I like to include the open low E and G, sixth string/third fret, as a means of moving quickly into and out of fifth position.