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Poppa J

Registered User

Joined: 03/26/11

Posts: 7

Hello everyone, my name is Jimmy, i'm just getting started here and very happy to be here, I'm really stuck in the Pentatonic mode
and can't seem to get out of it and I'm frustrated that I can't get beyond that mode so if anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.
I'm self taught so I don't know much about music theory so I'm Stuck!
PLEASE HELP!!!! hope to hear from ya'll soon! Thanks! Jimmy

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Hello everyone, my name is Jimmy, i'm just getting started here and very happy to be here, I'm really stuck in the Pentatonic mode
and can't seem to get out of it and I'm frustrated that I can't get beyond that mode so if anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.
I'm self taught so I don't know much about music theory so I'm Stuck!
PLEASE HELP!!!! hope to hear from ya'll soon! Thanks! Jimmy

CSchlegel

Guitar Tricks Instructor

Joined: 08/09/05

Posts: 7684

Hey, Jimmy! Welcome to GT.
Originally Posted by: Poppa
I'm really stuck in the Pentatonic mode
and can't seem to get out of it and I'm frustrated that I can't get beyond that mode so if anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.

You might want to go through the Core Learning System to get a solid foundation.

http://www.guitartricks.com/corelearningsystem.php

Do GF 1 & 2, then pick a style. :)

These tutorials will show you the diatonic scales & how to use the pentatonic boxes as a tool to view & play them.

Pentatonic Scales: Boxes & Frameworks
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=296

Major Scale Patterns & Positions
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=453

Minor Scale Patterns & Positions
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=887

If you are just wondering how to get past pentatonic, then have a look at these lessons that use the pentatonic scale but add in diatonic notes for more flavor.

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 1
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=217

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 2
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=232

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 3
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=826

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 4
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=244

Give those a try. If you want something else, please ask! Have fun. :)
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

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Hey, Jimmy! Welcome to GT.
Originally Posted by: Poppa
I'm really stuck in the Pentatonic mode
and can't seem to get out of it and I'm frustrated that I can't get beyond that mode so if anyone can help me, I would really appreciate it.

You might want to go through the Core Learning System to get a solid foundation.

http://www.guitartricks.com/corelearningsystem.php

Do GF 1 & 2, then pick a style. :)

These tutorials will show you the diatonic scales & how to use the pentatonic boxes as a tool to view & play them.

Pentatonic Scales: Boxes & Frameworks
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=296

Major Scale Patterns & Positions
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=453

Minor Scale Patterns & Positions
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=887

If you are just wondering how to get past pentatonic, then have a look at these lessons that use the pentatonic scale but add in diatonic notes for more flavor.

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 1
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=217

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 2
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=232

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 3
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=826

Major Notes In Minor Pentatonic Series 4
http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=244

Give those a try. If you want something else, please ask! Have fun. :)
Christopher Schlegel
Guitar Tricks Instructor

Christopher Schlegel Lesson Directory

RonnieK

Registered User

Joined: 10/11/11

Posts: 4

Mixing major and minor

One trick that i learned which got me a bit further out of the box was to mix major and minor pentatonics in songs that are compatible. Basically you could be playing in A minor penta and then mix in 3 frets down the same pattern but it has now shifted to major. So, for example i might be playing in pattern 1 (E pattern), than shift down playing pattern 5(G pattern), but then slip into pattern one there also wihch is just the A major pentatonic. It sounds pretty cool and mixes it up. Does not work in all songs however.

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Mixing major and minor

One trick that i learned which got me a bit further out of the box was to mix major and minor pentatonics in songs that are compatible. Basically you could be playing in A minor penta and then mix in 3 frets down the same pattern but it has now shifted to major. So, for example i might be playing in pattern 1 (E pattern), than shift down playing pattern 5(G pattern), but then slip into pattern one there also wihch is just the A major pentatonic. It sounds pretty cool and mixes it up. Does not work in all songs however.