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Minor Pentatonic Scale Ebook

Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale In Any Key

Minor Pentatonic Scales EbookYou should be able to learn the five box patterns of the minor pentatonic scale from my other articles. What you might have trouble with is memorizing all the patterns in different keys. You’ll probably learn them in a couple of the commonly used keys.

You should be able to play the first box in any key because it starts at the root note on the sixth string, and you know all the notes of the sixth string now don’t you. The second box is easy too because it starts where the first box ends. The fifth box one octave lower ends where the first box starts so that’s not too bad either.

What do you do with all the other boxes if you’re playing in an unfamiliar key? What do you do if you’ve got to put together a solo in a key like F#, Ab, Eb, or some other less common key? How do you move up and down the fretboard in a key you’re not familiar with?

This is where this free ebook comes in. It shows you all the boxes of the minor pentatonic scale in every key including the sharps and flats. It doesn’t include any theory at all. It’s just a handy reference guide. Just pick the key you want and it will show you all the boxes and notes for the minor pentatonic scale for that key.

This is a Windows based program, sorry Mac users, that should work on any computer that has Windows 95 or above and Internet Explorer 4 or above. Just right click the link below and select save as to download to your computer, unzip and run the file, and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.

Download Minor Pentatonic Scales Ebook

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Minor Pentatonic Scale

What Are The Notes Of The Pentatonic Minor Scale

There are two types of pentatonic scales, major and minor pentatonic. The minor pentatonic scale is the most commonly learnt of the guitar scales, especially by people learning lead guitar or rock guitar and is the one covered in this lesson. Actually, the major pentatonic scales and the minor pentatonic scales are the same, they’re just played in a different place.

The scale can be played in five positions on the guitar fretboard forming five box patterns. We’ll start off with the E Minor pentatonic scale. I’m not going to go into any theory about how this scale works, I’m just going to show you the notes in it. The first pentatonic box is shown in the tab below with root note on the open low e string.

e |----------------|----------------|--------0---3---|
B |----------------|----------------|0---3-----------|
G |----------------|--------0---2---|----------------|
D |----------------|0---2-----------|----------------|
A |--------0---2---|----------------|----------------|
E |0---3-----------|----------------|----------------|

This is the fretboard diagram for the first box:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

E Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

 

This tab shows the second box:

e |----------------|----------------|--------3---5---|
B |----------------|----------------|3---5-----------|
G |----------------|--------2---4---|----------------|
D |----------------|2---5-----------|----------------|
A |--------2---5---|----------------|----------------|
E |3---5-----------|----------------|----------------|

And the diagram for the second box:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

 

Third box tab:

e |----------------|----------------|--------5---7---|
B |----------------|----------------|5---8-----------|
G |----------------|--------4---7---|----------------|
D |----------------|5---7-----------|----------------|
A |--------5---7---|----------------|----------------|
E |5---7-----------|----------------|----------------|

Third box diagram:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

 

Fourth box tab:

e |-----------------|----------------|--------7---10---|
B |-----------------|----------------|8---10-----------|
G |-----------------|--------7---9---|-----------------|
D |-----------------|7---9-----------|-----------------|
A |--------7---10---|----------------|-----------------|
E |7---10-----------|----------------|-----------------|

Fourth box diagram:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

 

Fifth Box Tab:

e |-----------------|------------------|--------10---12---|
B |-----------------|------------------|10---12-----------|
G |------------------|--------9---12---|------------------|
D |------------------|9---12-----------|------------------|
A |--------10---12---|-----------------|------------------|
E |10---12-----------|-----------------|------------------|

Fifth box diagram:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

E Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

 

After the fifth box, it starts again at the first box, same notes but one octave higher:

e |------------------|------------------|--------12---15---|
B |------------------|------------------|12---15-----------|
G |------------------|--------12---14---|------------------|
D |------------------|12---14-----------|------------------|
A |--------12---14---|------------------|------------------|
E |12---15-----------|------------------|------------------|

And this is the fretboard diagram:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box - One Octave Higher

E Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box – One Octave Higher

 

Finally, this diagram shows all the notes of the E Minor pentatonic scale right up to fret 24:

E Minor Pentatonic Scale - All Notes

E Minor Pentatonic Scale – All Notes

 

You should start to practice playing this scale in the different positions with a metronome. Play single notes per beat, two notes per beat, and three notes per beat. Practice going up and down the scale and increase the speed when you are ready.

I’ll show you the minor pentatonic scale in different keys in another lesson and what to do when you start in a higher key and run out of fretboard to fit all the boxes in.

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G Minor Pentatonic Scale

Minor Pentatonic Scales Part 2 – G Pentatonic Minor Scale

If you’ve practiced playing the E Minor pentatonic scale in the previous lesson, Minor Pentatonic Scale, you should be starting to get familiar with it. What I’m going to do now is very quickly show you the G Minor pentatonic scale. I’ll show you the tabs and fretboard diagrams for the five positions.

This is the first pentatonic box with the root note, G, on the third fret of the sixth string:

e |----------------|----------------|--------3---6---|
B |----------------|----------------|3---6-----------|
G |----------------|--------3---5---|----------------|
D |----------------|3---5-----------|----------------|
A |--------3---5---|----------------|----------------|
E |3---6-----------|----------------|----------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

G Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

Second box:

e |----------------|----------------|--------6---8---|
B |----------------|----------------|6---8-----------|
G |----------------|--------5---7---|----------------|
D |----------------|5---8-----------|----------------|
A |--------5---8---|----------------|----------------|
E |6---8-----------|----------------|----------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

Third box:

e |-----------------|-----------------|--------8---10---|
B |-----------------|-----------------|8---11-----------|
G |-----------------|--------7---10---|-----------------|
D |-----------------|8---10-----------|-----------------|
A |--------8---10---|-----------------|-----------------|
E |8---10-----------|-----------------|-----------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

Fourth box:

e |------------------|------------------|--------10---13---|
B |------------------|------------------|11---13-----------|
G |------------------|--------10---12---|------------------|
D |------------------|10---12-----------|------------------|
A |--------10---13---|------------------|------------------|
E |10---13-----------|------------------|------------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

Fifth box:

e |------------------|------------------|--------13---15---|
B |------------------|------------------|13---15-----------|
G |------------------|--------12---15---|------------------|
D |------------------|12---15-----------|------------------|
A |--------13---15---|------------------|------------------|
E |13---15-----------|------------------|------------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

After the fifth box, it repeats again from the first box an octave higher:

e |------------------|------------------|--------15---15---|
B |------------------|------------------|15---18-----------|
G |------------------|--------15---17---|------------------|
D |------------------|15---17-----------|------------------|
A |--------15---17---|------------------|------------------|
E |15---18-----------|------------------|------------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box - One Octave Higher

G Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box – One Octave Higher

If you’re wondering what happens below the first box at fret three, it repeats backwards, i.e., the fifth box one octave lower. This is what happens when you start in a higher key and run out of fretboard to fit all the patterns in:

e |----------------|----------------|--------0---3---|
B |----------------|----------------|0---3-----------|
G |----------------|--------0---2---|----------------|
D |----------------|0---2-----------|----------------|
A |--------0---2---|----------------|----------------|
E |0---3-----------|----------------|----------------|

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box - One Octave Lower

G Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box – One Octave Lower

Finally, this is the fretboard diagram for all of the notes on the guitar in the G Minor pentatonic scale:

G Minor Pentatonic Scale - All Notes

G Minor Pentatonic Scale – All Notes

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A Minor Pentatonic Scale

Minor Pentatonic Scales Part 3 – A Pentatonic Minor Scale

If you’ve been practising the E Minor and G Minor pentatonic scales from the previous lessons, you should know them quite well now. I’m not going to show you all the scales, you should be able to work them out for yourself now. What I am going to do is quickly show you the tabs and fretboard diagrams for the A Minor pentatonic scale.

This is the first pentatonic box with the root note, A, on the fifth fret of the sixth string:

e |----------------|----------------|--------5---8---|
B |----------------|----------------|5---8-----------|
G |----------------|--------5---7---|----------------|
D |----------------|5---7-----------|----------------|
A |--------5---7---|----------------|----------------|
E |5---8-----------|----------------|----------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

A Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box

Second pattern:

e |-----------------|-----------------|--------8---10---|
B |-----------------|-----------------|8---10-----------|
G |-----------------|--------7---9----|-----------------|
D |-----------------|7---10-----------|-----------------|
A |--------7---10---|-----------------|-----------------|
E |8---10-----------|-----------------|-----------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Second Box

Third position:

e |------------------|------------------|--------10---12---|
B |------------------|------------------|10---13-----------|
G |------------------|---------9---12---|------------------|
D |------------------|10---12-----------|------------------|
A |--------10---12---|------------------|------------------|
E |10---12-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Third Box

Fourth box:

e |------------------|------------------|--------12---15---|
B |------------------|------------------|13---15-----------|
G |------------------|--------12---14---|------------------|
D |------------------|12---14-----------|------------------|
A |--------12---15---|------------------|------------------|
E |12---15-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

Last of the five patterns, the fifth box:

e |------------------|------------------|--------15---17---|
B |------------------|------------------|15---17-----------|
G |------------------|--------14---17---|------------------|
D |------------------|14---17-----------|------------------|
A |--------15---17---|------------------|------------------|
E |15---17-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

First box, one octave higher:

e |------------------|------------------|--------17---20---|
B |------------------|------------------|17---20-----------|
G |------------------|--------17---19---|------------------|
D |------------------|17---19-----------|------------------|
A |--------17---19---|------------------|------------------|
E |17---20-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box - One Octave Higher

A Minor Pentatonic Scale First Box – One Octave Higher

Fourth box, one octave lower:

e |----------------|----------------|--------0---3---|
B |----------------|----------------|1---3-----------|
G |----------------|--------0---2---|----------------|
D |----------------|0---2-----------|----------------|
A |--------0---3---|----------------|----------------|
E |0---3-----------|----------------|----------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box - One Octave Lower

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box – One Octave Lower

Fifth box, one octave lower:

e |----------------|----------------|--------3---5---|
B |----------------|----------------|3---5-----------|
G |----------------|--------2---5---|----------------|
D |----------------|2---5-----------|----------------|
A |--------3---5---|----------------|----------------|
E |3---5-----------|----------------|----------------|

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box - One Octave Lower

A Minor Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box – One Octave Lower

Finally, the last of the diagrams shows all of the notes on the guitar for the A Minor pentatonic scale:

A Minor Pentatonic Scale - All Notes

A Minor Pentatonic Scale – All Notes