Watch the Minor Pentatonic Applications online guitar lesson by Kenny Wessel from Shades of Jazz
The minor pentatonic scale/mode is one of the most popular scales for guitarists. It may be the first scale that we are taught, and is certainly one that is familiar to most of us. This is sort of the bread and butter of guitar players, a real signature sound, part of the guitar's DNA, in the unconscious of most guitarists. It's a 5 note scale (hence the name, pentatonic) and has a root, b3, 4, 5 and b7. We might normally use the scale over a minor chord, or maybe play it over a blues (with dominant 7th chords). In this section, I'm going to present a bunch of different applications and cool uses for the scale that we all know and love. We can use it as an altered dominant scale, lydian scale, over a sus7 dominant chord, and so on... All we have to do is position it a bit differently, while using the same scale.