How to play the E minor pentatonic scale on guitar

What’s up, ladies and gentlemen Tyler Preston here back with another lesson for you today in this video. We are going to be talking about how to play the E minor pentatonic scale for Guitar and

What it’s useful for what we can expect to encounter around the E minor pentatonic as we move forward in our study of the guitar. So let’s go ahead and begin with a quick demonstration. I’m going to play it from bottom of the guitar to the top and back down. Okay. This is the E minor pentatonic scale.

Now if you’re looking for diagrams, if you’re looking for tabs that will help you walk through that scale. Those are available in the link for in the page for this lesson at my website Tyler, press There’s a link below in the description on your way out the door. Do be sure to subscribe to the Channel, please because I’ve got more lessons coming out all the time about stuff like this and I would love to keep sharing them with you. So now let’s go ahead and talk about what’s going on there.

Basically, the E minor pentatonic scale is composed of two notes on each string and it follows an alternating pattern in which we play the open string followed by a fretted note. Then we move up to the next string play open string fretted note. So on and so forth until we get up from our low E. 2 are high E string which is the top of the scale. Okay, when we play a scale, we always start on the note that the scale is named for and we Ascend to the note that the scale is named for and then

Return back to that note and along the way we play through however many octaves or iterations of that scale. Each octave is another level of a note in a higher register Okay. So we’ve got a here that’s one octave. Then there’s another E2 second fret of the D string and then our third and finally of this scale is our open E string. Okay. So when we play the scale, what we’re going to do is we just

Just play open E. Then third fret on the E string now. We play open a second fret on the a string open D 2nd fret on the D string open G second fret on the G string open B. Third fret on the B string and then open e at the top.

A lot of times you will see players tack on an additional note to the scale. The additional note would be the 3rd fret on the high E string.

That’s the note G. Here’s something cool about this scale. The pentatonic scale is neither major or minor. It can be used in either application. So what we’re learning is the E minor pentatonic scale is also known as the G major pentatonic scale. The only difference is the order in which we play the notes and specifically the thing that changes the order in which we play the notes is which note we start and end on Okay, so

We want to play our pentatonic scale is E minor then we begin and end on E. If we want to play our E minor E minor pentatonic scale as g a g major pentatonic then we start at end on G. The note G is the third fret on the low E string and because this string is the same note as the high E string that

Means that the third fret on the high e is also G. So this tone right here is G and you’ll recognize that from the G chord c. So if we play that same scale shape and we start with G. It’s got a major sound it sounds happier now and that’s just because we started and ended on a different note.

So little food for thought for you there and a little preview of what’s to come because the essence of the pentatonic scale is that it is the backbone and the foundational scale from which all other scales and all other cords are derived its kind of this rudimentary primordial scale this very early DNA of music. If you will, we see pentatonic scales crop up in tribal cultures all across the world and western music is

built on the backbone of the pentatonic scale as is Eastern music. Okay. So pentatonic is kind of where everything begins and then we start incorporating other notes to this pentatonic framework and that’s what gives us major and minor and then our modes Dorian and mixolydian and ionian and all kinds of things like that. Okay, so we’re going to talk more about that stuff later. But this whole lesson was just on the E minor pentatonic scale again. Be sure to go to Tyler via the link below.

Also, you can see diagrams for how to play this scale. And the last thing I would encourage you to do is once you’ve got the scale under your fingers practice changing directions as you go up and down kind of randomly. That’s the beginning of improvisation is stuff like this.

All of that was just pentatonic scale. I’m just jumping around and playing notes that I know are in the scale. And when you start to do that when you just pick new random notes within a scale like the enemy minor pentatonic that you just learned you start to be able to improvise you start to be able to make musical sound come out of your head through your hands. So that’s it for today’s lesson as always you got questions.

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Tyler Preston

Tyler Preston

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