You need to quickly learn some solos and how to improvise in rock and blues? Well, then you really must know all those 5 shapes of the pentatonic scale.

Because, multitudes of rock and blues players really tend to be somewhat stuck at the point of the first pentatonic scale shape, so to be really free as a guitar player you need to learn all pentatonic scale shapes.

Every shape can give its own kind of sound and a special feeling for the guitar lick. This is the place where the true magic happens. Also, this is exactly where great coolness comes through these interesting different shapes, they also all possess their own special personality.

It’s good to learn all these shapes and after that, you will be able to learn them with some different keys. This can prove to be is tiresome work, practice with dedication and focus. But, also it is very crucial that you accomplish it, therefore take some bigger amount of time to do it.

These Are The Pentatonic Scale Shapes:

1. F minor: I (1st pentatonic scale)

e|———————1-4————-|

B|—————–1-4—————–|

G|————-1-3———————|

D|———1-3————————-|

A|—–1-3—————————–|

E|-1-4———————————|

2. G# Major: II (2nd pentatonic scale)

It is wise to notice how this 2nd scale begins on the exact second tone of those 1st pentatonic before it.

e|———————4-6————-|

B|—————–4-6—————–|

G|————-3-5———————|

D|———3-6————————-|

A|—–3-6—————————–|

E|-4-6———————————|

3. A# Dorian: III (3rd pentatonic scale)

e|———————6-8————-|

B|—————–6-9—————–|

G|————-5-8———————|

D|———6-8————————-|

A|—–6-8—————————–|

E|-6-8———————————|

4. C Phrygian: IV (4th pentatonic scale)

e|————————–8-11——-|

B|———————9-11————|

G|—————-8-10—————–|

D|———–8-10———————-|

A|——8-11—————————|

E|-8-11——————————–|

5. D# Mixolydian: V (5th pentatonic scale)

e|——————————-11-13-|

B|————————-11-13——-|

G|——————-10-13————-|

D|————-10-13——————-|

A|——-11-13————————-|

E|-11-13——————————-|

So, for example, if you really want to perform these shapes in particular G key, then all that you really need is to move them exactly 2 half total steps down.

Useful Information About The Pentatonic Scales

You can also see that each one of these pentatonic scales is connected with two other ones. Each of five pentatonic scaled is a direct inversion of those others.

So, basically each one starts and also ends on very different tone than those other scales, but, also, it still uses exactly those same notes as all the rest.

For Example:

F minor type of pentatonic got these notes in regular order: F, then G#, after that A#, C, then D#, and in the end F again.

While the different G# major type of pentatonic is made from those same notes, but they end and start on a very different note. That is creating a major and certainly not some minor scale.

Conclusion

Each of those pentatonic scales consists of the entirely same kinds of notes, and that really depends on the right place of your playing them on the neck of your guitar. So, the only greater difference between these scales is the beginning and the ending note.

I think that this text will help you to begin your exciting adventure into your soloing, improvising and also define your guitar style as a true skilled and experienced musician.

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