So I am relatively new to guitar and I was learning the c major pentatonic and some of the positions, my question is can you play the c major pentatonic without starting on c as long as you play the right notes of the scale? For example since E is in the pentatonic can I start on E and jump around the shape?
I'm writing an unaccompanied solo piece for flute, and for some reason I'm having the hardest time with it. I've written a handful of pieces for small ensembles and piano, but this is by far the most difficult one for me thus far. I think the hardest part for me is not being able to rely on harmony / multiple voices for builds and releases.
For my current project, I've been tasked with writing a solo flute piece that heavily utilizes pentatonic scales in the vein of old Korean folk songs (here's an example: [Arirang] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdzzzhdwcFU)). [I have a simple melody] (https://imgur.com/a/7M4jcwD) I'm fairly happy with, nothing revolutionary, but I have no idea where to go from here. Do you guys have any tips?
Thanks in advance!
Edit: Wow I’m blown away by the responses and especially in-depth each one has been, thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to comment!!
I’ve been playing guitar for around two years now, and I’ve mainly been playing and practicing songs and learning a bit of theory. I now want to learn how to improvise and solo.
As the title says, I’ve learnt the pentatonic scale, with a little understanding of guitar theory. I’ve heard arpeggios are very important for soloing but I don’t know where/how to start? Do I need to know the modes before I start arpeggios? Where do I go on from here? I’m so clueless, sorry if this is a dumb question. Thanks
Hi everyone, I’ve been playing guitar for a little over 3 years now & I’m just getting into theory since I’d like to write my own songs. So I’ve always known the A minor pentatonic scale in several positions. However, I just started learning the major scale which is WWH WWWH. This might be a silly question but is this normal structure of the major scale considered pentatonic? My question is what does it mean for a scale to be Pentatonic? I know there is minor & major pentatonic. I’m beginning to understand what the major scale is theory-wise but I still don’t really know what it means to be minor or what pentatonic is.
As the title says, I’m getting bored with the pentatonic scale and I want to try/learn something new. I’ve tried different keys but it all comes down to the same. Does anybody here have tips/ideas to make the scale less repetitive or just recommend some new things to learn?
(disclaimer: not a callout, just an interesting thing I found)
Now I'm far from saying that George had any idea but the pentatonic scale opening Slow dancing in the dark was actually used before. EXACTLY. THE SAME. WAY. AND AT THE START OF A SONG!
Now you might say that this song doesn't have to do anything with joji, and that's true but OMG LISTEN TO THAT OPENING WTF!
Btw the linked band is led by Batzorig Vaanchig, probably the most viewed throat singer on youtube,I'm sure everyone watched him just for a laugh.
Edit: After listening to both tracks side by side I have to mention that the two tracks are less identical than they seem at first, SDITD is another key, and the scale doesn't repeat itself on every step, like in the Khusugtun song, I would absolutely say it was accidental, but it's still pretty cool imo.
So ive learned every form of the pentatonic and I understand keys and intervals. Ive also memorized a few songs. Now I actually want to start improvising and making my own music. I dont understand how to take my knowledge of the pentatonic scale and apply it to actually improvising or even playing music. I put on a backing track the other day but I found myself just playing in one form robotically with little to no rythm.
another issue for me is moving across the fretboard rythmically. within a few seconds I can recognize the notes across the fret but trasitioning across is difficult to me
Do yall have any tips for me? ive also started to learn appregios if that matters. Any insight would be appreciated
I've been rehearsing the pentatonic scale on my acoustic. I know it really well now. My question is how do I move on from here? My goal is to be able to jamm with my friend and improvising.
Wondering if anyone can suggest some songs that can be sung just using the pentatonic scale?
Would like mostly rock/pop suggestions. I think Another Brick in the Wall is for example, any others?
5 X 12 = 60. It’s a lot of notes.
The temptation is to memorize the 5 finger patterns and just move them around the neck. Where the rubber meets the road is in learning the individual note names for all the patterns.
For some reason the sharp keys are much easier than the flat keys.
Anyone have any tips/tricks for this kind of grunt work? I mean, I know you just gotta do it at some point but I’m happy to work smarter and not harder if there are any suggestions.
Edit - FWIW, I do know the names of all notes on the neck cold. Got that sorted.
I'm not a great guitarist by any means, but I love improvisational guitar. Just so much more fun than learning a song, I just play along to a backing track and it just passes time by incredibly.
But my knowledge of the guitar is very barebones, as I essentially only know the pentatonic scale and other little things I've just picked up on from playing it so much. It just opened the guitar up so much for me prior to knowing it that I got kind of lazy and didn't attempt to go any further, and now it is getting a bit annoying.
I've gotten to the point where it's feeling repetitive, like not necessarily in a bad way but it's quite clear to myself when I'm playing along that I've started repeating riffs and slides because I just can't find any notes that don't seem familiar or overplayed by myself.
So, where should I go next? I know that the answer is really different for everyone is that there isn't a set guideline for what the objective best way to progress your skills is, but what would you suggest for someone who is just feeling a bit lost?
Thanks, sorry if a ranted a bit.
How do you figure out the "right" chord to play when using the penta scale that doesn't sound out of place? Say for example I had just played a penta scale and wanted to end with a chord that didn't sound out of place, or I wanted to add a chord half way through a lick, is there any "rules" to help understand what will sound nice?
I put some words in quotations because I understand music is subjective and you can do what you want, but I wanted to know any general "loose freestyle rule of thumbs" to follow that will make the penta scale combine better with more suitable chords when shredding
I want to play rock music, memorized the A minor pentatonic scale by heart. But I only play it in order back and forth. When I try to solo... I can't let go of the same pattern because I keep playing the same notes by order from the top to the bottom of the neck.
I understand the Major Pentatonic scale has the interval pattern of 1-2-3-5-6 and the Minor Pentatonic scale has the interval pattern 1-3-4-5-7. Do you apply the same interval pattern of the Major Pentatonic scale to the Lydian and Mixolydian modes and likewise the same Minor Pentatonic scale pattern to the Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian and Locrian scales? In short, is there Dorian Pentatonic scale or a Locrian Pentatonic scale etc?
Im learning scales, chords, chord progessions
when playing over a chord progression you need to focus either on chord tones or at least play a scale that has the same notes as the chords, so that thing in the title doesn't make sense, please explain.
Lesson Link - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORTZ91JNXms
With this video learn how to use major scales and pentatonic scales together for soloing.
Why didn't anyone tell me about this? If you choose 'Pentatonic Scale' in Lichess, you get sounds that fit the move you make! It's ridiculous! If someone makes a good move, you hear an ominous sound that makes you wonder what went wrong! Try it out.
Hi. I want to learn a scale but I don't know which one to start with. Is there any particular one that is good for beginners and is versatile?
also when would you use the different scales? Is each scale for a specific key, or couldn't you play any pentatonic over the key of C as long as the notes are in the key? ie Eminor, Aminor, Gmaj pentatonic over C
lesson video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXS_FvZHdvw
Check Out This Lesson On Playing the Pentatonic Scale Over Cmaj7 C7 And Cm7
PRACTICE WITH BACKING TRACKS FOR THIS LESSON HERE!
C Minor Pentatonic C Eb F G Bb C
C Minor Pentatonic C Eb F G Bb C
C Major Pentatonic C D E G A C
G Minor Pentatonic G Bb C D F G
C Major Pentatonic C D E G A C
E Minor Pentatonic E G A B D E
B Minor Pentatonic B D E F# A B