Watch the 50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks online guitar lesson by James Hogan from 50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks

Hi, I’m James Hogan and welcome to “50 All-Purpose Pentatonic Licks You Must Know.”
This course is designed around fifty of my favorite pentatonic licks and phrases from legendary rock guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Angus Young, Billy Gibbons, Pat Travers, Michael Schenker, Steve Lukather and Neal Schon.

I’ve included some absolute “must know” licks from blues masters Albert King, B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan too, along with some burnin’ southern rock and country licks from Dickie Betts, Gary Rossington, Albert Lee, Jerry Reed, and Buddy Miller! If that’s not enough, there are some great licks from jazz masters Wes Montgomery and George Benson on the menu as well, along with some tasty R&B based pentatonic licks in the style of Earth Wind, Fire and Chaka Khan. Plus, I dug up some killer licks from shred luminaries Paul Gilbert, Greg Howe and Richie Kotzen!

Whether you’re an intermediate player in need of some new ideas or a seasoned pro just looking for a refresher, I think you’ll get a lot out of the material I’ll be presenting here in this “50 All Purpose Pentatonic Licks” course.

Some of the techniques I’ll cover in this course include legato playing, alternate picking, hybrid picking, string skipping, bending, vibrato, among others. For continuity purposes I've based all of the licks in the 5 positions A Major and A minor pentatonic respectively, though they can easily be moved to any key! Also, you'll only have to learn 5 shapes!

All of the licks are laid out for you in both tablature and standard notation, and I’ve included some really nice backing tracks for you to jam along with at home!

The course is structured as follows:
Section I:
Licks (1-15) will showcase 3 licks in each of the five positions of the “A minor pentatonic scale.”

Section II:
Licks (16-20) will showcase 5 “A minor pentatonic” licks that cross through various positions on the neck!

Section III:
Licks (21-35) will showcase 3 licks in each of the five positions of the “A Major pentatonic scale.”

Section IV:
Licks (36-40) will showcase 5 “A Major pentatonic” licks that cross through various positions on the neck!

Section V:
Licks (40-50) will showcase licks and phrases that combine A Major and A minor pentatonic in various positions on the neck!

Keep in mind these licks will be in a variety of styles and they’ll showcase multiple techniques, with varying levels of difficulty! Also, while we'll be covering a lot of positions of these scales you'll really only need to learn 5 scale shapes!

Let’s get to it!