Watch the Pentatonic Scale online guitar lesson by Brad Carlton from Melodic Patterns
Now we move into the pentatonic scale, we'll be using a standard two note per string, sixth string root scale form, and we'll play it over a straight sixteenth note funk groove. I'll also show you how to organize these patterns based on the low and high side principal of the sides of the scale.
Pentatonic Scale Example 1 uses the A minor pentatonic scale in fifth position. As you can see it's a two note per string scale form. That's what we'll be dealing with throughout this entire lesson. As you play this example make sure that you practice getting all of the notes very clean and even and articulated properly. Going up and down the scale is a common rut for players, so what we're going to do is talk about the low and the high side of the scale. For this particular scale, all of the low notes would be the notes in the fifth fret. That's low in terms of pitch. The high side of the scale would be the notes in the seventh and eighth frets. Make sure that you think in these terms and it will make it easy for you to organize the patterns that I'll be presenting.