Moving on from the Pentatonic minor.

This is a little post about expanding on from the Pentatonic minor scale.

Most guitarists are fairly well versed in this scale.  We have the intervals of root, b3 , 4 ,5 b7.  The shape we will be looking at to begin with is known as the “E” shape.

Now the scale as a pentatonic is very usable it fits nicely on the hand and we know where to bend notes etc.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we could add a couple of notes to it for a bit of extra colour? Well we can add 2 notes easily to make this scale into a Natural minor or Aeolian scale. If we add the 2nd and b6th we create this scale. Lets see what this looks like as a fingering .

I have continued on the idea by adding the Dorian scale as well so you can have a couple of scales to play with as alternatives to the straight pentatonic.

With the Dorian we have just added a natural 6th as opposed to a flattened 6th. Listen to how this seems to sound slightly more “up” than the darker b6th.  The 2 recorded examples with give you some idea.

The recorded examples are both played over an A min chord

Have a little look at the 2 scales being played.

Hopefully you can hear how the Aeolian with it’s b6th degree, in this case the note of F sounds just a little darker, some say a bit “spanish”. This is all of course dependant on context. If I play over a different feel than the scale can have a slightly different feel to it. Lets just check this.


~ by Geoff Lea Guitar on March 10, 2011.

One Response to “Moving on from the Pentatonic minor.”

  1. Reblogged this on Geoffleaguitar's Blog.

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