Welcome to lesson 12 on guitar scales. If you recall, in
you learned the 5 most commonly used fingerings of the pentatonic
scale. In this lesson you will learn how they hook together to cover
the entire length of the fretboard.
We will start by reviewing the first two fingerings of the pentatonic
scale. As stated in lesson 10, each pentatonic scale can be thought of
as 2 different guitar scales, either major or minor depending on which
note we consider as the tonic. The minor tonics are shown in red
major tonics are shown in blue.
Now here are the same two guitar scales.
Notice the notes of each scale that are highlighted
in purple. This is where these two fingerings of the pentatonic scale
overlap. They fit together like pieces of a puzzle. Where the first one
ends, the second one begins.
For example, if you are playing in A minor, the first two notes of
fingering one will be at the 5th fret and 8th fret on the 6th string.
The second fingerings first note would be located at the 8th fret, 6th
string at the point where the two guitar scales overlap.
By connecting the scales in this manner you will be able to shift
positions and move higher or lower on the neck, depending on which way
you are going of course.
This example shows the overlap of the second and third fingerings of
the pentatonic scale.
Now go back to lesson 10 and figure out the overlap point of the
remaining guitar scales. When you know all of the fingerings well and
how they connect, you will have the ability to play up and down the
entire length of the fretboard.