Ancient Greeks held pentathletes in high esteem as physical specimens, competitors and warriors. The five events in a pentathlon — long jumping, javelin throwing, discus throwing, short foot racing and wrestling — were all considered essential skills in war and battles. Athletes capable of competing in all five events were the rock stars of their day.
Today, guitarists train for a different type of pentathlon. A pentathlon that takes place every time they pick up their instrument. Five notes in one corner, the player’s musicality in the other. The challenge? Making great music, in any style, with just a five-note pentatonic scale.
How many different ways to apply or spice up the pentatonic scale do you know? If you only need one hand to count them up, then put your toga on and step into the ring immediately with Rob Garland’s The Guitarist's Pentathlon.
“I'm very excited to help you break out of your pentatonic rut by showing you 25 very creative and musical ways to apply the scale over different genres of music. I’ll show you how to breath new life into your playing. And since you already know the pentatonic scale, you’ll be able to put these new applications to work immediately.”
Rob reveals 15 Pentathlon applications for the five-note minor pentatonic scale in the first section of the course: Over Minor Chords, Over Dominant Chords, Half Step Below: Over Major, From The iii: Over Minor, From The vi: Over Minor, From The ii-iii-vi: Over Minor, From The ii-iii-vi: Over Major, From The ii-iii-vi: Over Dom, Over A Blues Overview, Outside Sound: Over Minor, Outside Sound: Over A Blues, Over a Jazz ii-V-I, A Fifth Above: Jazz ii-V-I, Viewing As Relative Major, and Add Chromatics to Relative Major.
In the second section of the course, Rob presents 10 ways to customize the pentatonic scale, one note at a time, and then by combining those additional tones to achieve dramatically distinct sonic qualities: Add The b5th, The Blues Box, Add The Major 3rd Over Dominant, Add The Major 3rd Over A Blues, Replace b7th With a 6th Over Dominant, Replace b7th With 6th Over A Blues, Combine The b7th And 6th, Combine The 6th And 9th, The Major 3rd, b5th, 6th & 9th, and Extreme Customization.
Each of the 25 applications is presented in three parts; an overview explains the nuances of the application, then a performance example illustrates the application in a musical context, and then Rob breaks down the performance in detail. All of the key examples are tabbed and notated, plus you’ll get all for the practice rhythm tracks to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and tighten up that toga — the pentathlon begins now!