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Guitar lessons with a focus on theory and understanding the music that you are playing.

GTR004: How to find all the chords and triads in a Major key

Use this easy pattern to find all the chords and triads in a Major Key. This is useful when writing your own chord progressions or when you want to jam in a particular key.

Lesson 14: Extended Pentatonic Scale Patterns

Joe Bonamassa
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A complaint many guitar players have about their improvisational skills is that they often feel like they are trapped in the dreaded ‘box’. This means that they find themselves using the same scale patterns over and over again, finding it hard to play across the whole fret-board.

The reasons for this is simple, if you only practice one kind of pattern then you’ll never know other ways in which to play. That’s why it’s important to practice scales in as many different ways as possible. This will give you the freedom to move all over the fret-board.

Below you’ll find two halves of an extended pentatonic scale pattern in the key of A Minor. To play these in a different key, just shift the patterns along the fretboard as usual. I encourage you to seek out different patterns to practice and even to make up your own.

Extended Pentatonic Scale Pattern 1

Extended Pentatonic Scale Pattern 2

Video 003: The Five Fret Pattern

This video lesson accompanies the following lesson where you can find diagrams of the pattern: Lesson 6: Five Fret Pattern

Circle of 4ths and 5ths – Part 3: Major Scales and Key Signatures

For a more in depth lesson go here: Circle of 4ths and 5ths