The major pentatonic scale a really useful scale to learn on guitar. It is used extensively in blues, rock and especially country and country rock guitar playing – It’s a great way for beginners to start learning how to play lead guitar solos in major keys. Many guitar players struggle when they have to play a guitar solo in a major key, simply because they don’t have this scale under their fingertips. But not you! The scale shapes I’ll show you are quick and easy to learn and you will use them all through your career as a guitar player.
Here’s a breakdown of what you learn in this video:
0:21 Why you need to learn the major pentatonic scale and how it is a commonly used scale in rock, pop and country music.
0:42 How to play the A major pentatonic scale shape. Complete with description and fingering guidelines.
1:54 How and why this major pentatonic scale pattern is similar to minor pentatonic scale pattern you’ve seen. This will be covered in more detail in an upcoming guitar lesson.
2:49 How to play the major pentatonic using an alternative scale shape. I call this one the ‘sliding’ shape because it features a slide in the middle. Complete with description and fingering guidelines. This fingering is great for covering more of the guitar neck.
4:08 Notice these two scales contain the same notes and can be used together at the same time. They are totally interchangeable.
4:30 Check out my other videos to learn how to put the scale into other keys and how to use it to improvise and create licks (coming soon if not up yet)..