Today we’ll be talking about some structured ways to approach playing the minor pentatonic scale. If you’re not familiar with the minor pentatonic scale, check out this lesson on the shapes for playing the scale first.
Sequences are just repeated patterns you can play to get through a scale. They’re great for learning a new scale, and they can make for some cool licks and runs in your solos. The first one we’ll look at is a simple pattern, just running up the scale in groups of 4 notes.
Play up the first four notes of the minor pentatonic scale. Then play up four notes starting on the second note. Then the third, and so on.
That’s a basic pentatonic sequence, and sounds great when played quickly in a solo:
Going up in groups of three sounds good, too:
Here’s a great descending pattern that’s easy to follow and remember.
You don’t necessarily have to play the notes in order, either. Here’s a non-linear pattern.
That’s all for now. Try running these sequences through the five pentatonic scale shapes I showed in the last video.