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Watch the Major & Minor Pentatonics online guitar lesson by Sean McGowan from Pentatonic Palettes for Jazz Guitar

In the first section of this course, we'll be taking a detailed look at our beloved major pentatonic scale. It's such a wonderful and ubiquitous sound, however, many guitarists – especially when studying jazz - tend to ignore its potential in a jazz setting. And there's a little bit of a stigma, as many pentatonic lines are framed as rock licks and blues vocabulary. But, we're going to be learning how to map out pentatonic scales all over the fretboard, in all keys, and also how to apply them to contemporary jazz and ii-V-I progressions. We're also going to be looking at a few minor pentatonic substitution devices that will work over static progressions and modal tunes. We'll work through a number of exercises to reinforce these patterns and build speed and dexterity in the hands. We'll also explore some chromatic side-stepping approaches, which will add tension and resolution over static chord progressions.