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Watch the Major Pentatonic Scale online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

Pentatonic scales: They're not just for rock and blues playing, they're also an important part of the sound of jazz.

In this lesson, we're going to take a look at learning a two octave fingering of your Bb major pentatonic scale. I'll show you my method of learning the scale so that you're able to learn the motor memory skills necessary to learn to play the scales while at the same time getting the sound of the scale in your ears. This is somewhat of a departure from the traditional way that guitarists commonly learn their scales. We'll also relate this to the sound of the parent chord in its arpeggiated form.