This video lesson by Marty Schwartz essentially focuses on developing your soloing skills by utilizing the ‘A Minor’ Pentatonic scale and practicing it in 2 different positions on the guitar fretboard.
This lesson is perfectly suited for advanced beginners to intermediate and advanced intermediate level guitar players who want to develop speed as well as soloing ideas by using a single scale.
The basic pre-requisite for this lesson is to know the ‘A minor’ Pentatonic scale.
Knowing the music theory behind every lesson always holds you in good stead and moulds you into a well-rounded musician!
So what’s the music theory behind this lesson?
You may already know that a minor pentatonic scale is derived from a Major Scale. Well, it can also be derived from a minor scale as well, but here we will only use a Major Scale to derive a minor pentatonic scale.
The first thing you need to do is derive an A Major Scale and then apply the Minor Pentatonic Scale formula to get the A Minor Pentatonic Scale.
Deriving ‘A Major’ Scale
The formula for building Major Scale is W-W-H-W-W-W-H (where W stands for Whole Step and H stands for Half Step). You can click on the Major Scale link to learn the Major Scale derivation in depth.
By applying the above formula we get the A Major Scale as A B C# D E F# G# A
Deriving ‘A Minor’ Pentatonic Scale
The Minor Pentatonic Scale formula is R-b3-4-5-b7. (R is the root note and “b” symbol indicates that it is a flattened note or a note that is half step lowered)
By applying this formula, we got the A Minor Pentatonic Scale as A-C-D-E-G
Here is the TAB for ‘A Minor’ Pentatonic scale on the 5th position…