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Watch the The Minor Pentatonic Scale online guitar lesson by Rob Garland from The Guitarist's Pentathlon

To begin let's make sure you're familiar with the pentatonic scale. It is a 5 note scale derived from the natural minor scale, omitting the 2nd and 6th degrees and is often associated with blues and rock. By learning five shapes the scale can be played all over the neck in two-octave patterns offering a lot of creative sonic options to improvise with. And make sure you know the scale in all five shapes, not just in the root position and shape 2- Yes I'm talking to you! It's also important to play the scale in different keys. Play through the five shapes with me in the key of G, refer to the PDF if you need help with the fingering, but try to memorize the shapes. As a practice tip, choose a key then run through the corresponding five shapes for that key. Do this with different keys every time you pick up your guitar and you'll have the shapes down in no time, the pentatonic scale will be your new best friend.