In this video guitar lesson, the tutor – Mike William Assoc. Professor at Berklee Music – teaches you 4 melodic and easy blues licks on ‘A Minor and Major’ Pentatonic scales on 3 different positions on the guitar fretboard.
Pre-requisites – Deriving A Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales
To fully understand this lesson you must know how to derive the Major Pentatonic and Minor Pentatonic Scale. And they both are derived from a Major Scale.
So in order to derive these 2 pentatonic scales, you must first derive the A Major Scale using the formula WWHWWWH.
By applying the formula, we get the A Major Scale notes as A B C# D E F# G# A
Now we need the Pentatonic Scale formulas to get the A Major and A Minor Pentatonic Scales respectively.
Major Pentatonic Scale Formula is R 2 3 5 6
Minor Pentatonic Scale Formula is R b3 4 5 b7
By applying these formulas we can easily derive these 2 pentatonic scales. And we get the
A Major Pentatonic Scale notes as A-B-C#-E-F# and A Minor Pentatonic Scale notes as A-C-D-E-G
Scales and Positions of the Licks along with the TABs
The 1st phrase is on the 5th position and uses a combination of notes from A Minor and Major Pentatonic scales. The 2nd Phrase is again on the 5th position and is a combination of A Minor and Major Pentatonic Scales.
The 3rd phrase is in F#Minor Pentatonic scale on the 2nd position, which is the relative minor pentatonic scale to A Major Pentatonic scale and shares the same notes as A Major Pentatonic Scale.
The 4th phrase is in A Minor Pentatonic scale played on the 12 position starting on the 5th string A.
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