What Do I Do With All These Scales: The Major Pentatonic Scale

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What Do I Do With All These Scales: The Major Pentatonic Scale

Guitar Theory, Ear Training, & Reading

Need to brush up on the major scale and general music theory? Check out these articles:  
Understanding The Major Scale
Four Music Theory Fundamentals 
The Major Scale Formula

The Major Pentatonic Scale is a really popular and useful scale. But like most scales, if you just play it up and down the fretboard, it’s not going to sound very musical.

I want to share with you some ideas to help you break out of the scale pattern so you can turn the Major Pentatonic Scale into an actual melody -- I’ll even show you some fun riffs you can use with it.

On top of that, I’ll also show you how the Major Pentatonic Scale can be used when playing 12-bar blues in conjunction with the Blues scale, so you can add a little more flavor to your blues guitar improvisation.

Stay tuned for the next lesson where I’ll help you make some music out of another scale shape!

Remember to grab the scale diagrams here. The G-Major jam track can be downloaded here, and the Blues in G can be found here. Check out the previous lesson in this series going over the Major Scale here.