Major Pentatonic Scale

    Learn new guitar scale unison note patterns

Maps to learn guitar scale unison notes on the guitar fret board. There is an Ancient Chinese Proverb: The shortest way to a travel destination is the way you know.  This can be the beginning to creating a bad habit patterns. To break these patterns we must to start exploring new paths to the same destination. Better guitar practice is mapping new ways to get around the guitar fret board. Lets start exploring different paths by try different fingering patterns of guitar scale unison notes.

There are 3 (2 Octave Guitar Fingering paths) that share the same unison notes. This is good practice to break some bad habits of getting around the Fret Board. Most guitar players use the scale fingering starting with the 1st – Index Finger.

You can achieve the same result with less hand re-positioning and mechanical movement. The result is better fret hand dexterity to develop speed and melodic control. Through repetitive practice your fingers will develop the ability to follow the inner guidance of the minds ear. As to the metaphor in transcendental meditation of the third eye can also relate to the musical ear.

I picked a commonly used scale in the key of D Major that displays the Lydian IV Degree. This is the tonal center G Lydian Scale Mode with the Major Pentatonic Secondary Guitar Scale inside it.  The first guitar scale fingering diagram has a open fret fingering position for the challenge.

Guitar Analyzer Software can create color guitar scale unison note fingering diagrams images like the ones below. A new feature for the publishing guitarists and guitar teachers (software version 1.0.7.15). Please try out and practice these 2 0ctave guitar fingerings for the G Lydian / Major Pentatonic Scale.

                                                                                       G Lydian / Maj Pent 3 Diagram

G Lydian / Major Pentatonic

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The most used blues and rock scales are the Minor Pentatonic Scale  and the Major Pentatonic Scale. The Minor Pentatonic Scale contains the root, flattened third, fourth, fifth and flattened seventh (1, b3, 4,5,b7). The major pentatonic scale has five notes – the root note, the second note, the third, fifth and sixth (1, 2, 3, 5, 6 ). In the key of C the minor pentatonic scale is C Eb F G Bb  and the major pentatonic scale is C D E G A.

The Major Pentatonic Scale is commonly more commonly used to solo in blues and rock solos. To start learning to master soloing using the Minor Pentatonic Scale. We are going to learn to how to play solos over major, minor and dominant chords.

Let’s take a common blues chord progression using the root, fourth and fifth notes of the scale (I, IV, V).  If we are playing a song in the key of C major, the chords are C, F and G major. The minor Pentatonic scales resolves or feels like your playing the right notes, the major pentatonic does not resolve or feel as comfortable until your playing over the V chord G major.

                                                           A Minor Pentatonic Fingers C Major Pentatonic Fingers

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