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Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale

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Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale
(This Example Is In A)

The notes in a Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale are (start on 6th string 5th fret) A B C# E F#  A. 
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It is the most common scale used when you want to get an "easy listening", or country kind of feel.  The Major Pentatonic is very common in Blues as well.  The fingering is very similar to a Minor Pentatonic Scale, try both and you will see what I mean.
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Try playing the A Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale over an A Major chord for a country feel and sound. 

An easy way to get used to the feel and sounds is to play it like this.  Strum an A chord a few times to let your ear adjust to the "key".  Then play: 

  • A  on the 6th string at the 5th fret, then 
  • B C# on the 5th string starting at 2nd fret, then 4th fret 
  • E F# on 4th string, starting at 2nd fret, then the 4th fret, and keep it going with 
  • A B on 3rd string, starting at 2nd fret, then the 4th fret
  • C# E on 2nd string,  starting at 2nd fret, then the 5th fret
  • F# 1st string 2nd fret and finish on the A note 1st string 5th fret.    There are many of other fingerings for a Major Pentatonic Scale, for now get used to the sound and this fingering.  Then jam on! 
  • Try to remember: 5, 2 4, 2 4, 2 4, 2 5, 2 5
  • We will get into the most common strings and notes to bend in another lesson.
Speaking of letting your "ear" adjust.  Always trust your ear.  If something does not sound right, it probably isn't, but when learning something new, try it a few times before you decide it is not right.
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