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Watch the Am to F Chord Connection online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Guitar Lab: Vertical Soloing

In this lesson I will show you some of my favorite practice schemes. You've learned that the A minor pentatonic and F major pentatonic scales are four fifths the same. The only note change is E to F. The common tones are C, D, G and A. A great tool is to restrict yourself to quarter notes and play ascending or descending pentatonic scales over the Am to F chord connection. Your challenge is to always play on each beat of the measure and connect into each new pentatonic as the chords change. You are not allowed to double a note or rest. This approach will help you "see" the new upcoming scale and it will help you develop the skill of playing long lines instead of "riff - wait for the chord change - riff. I'll also give you an example of rhythm guitar ideas such as double-stops, hammer-on pull-off licks and other Hendrix style R&B riffs.

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