The following scale exercises are written for anyone that has learned (or is learning) the 2 octave minor pentatonic scale shape. Those 12 concrete examples are aimed to widen your soloing chops and skills.
About the exercises
These 12 exercises have been created using just 2 creative concepts. The exercises have been split up into exercise 1.1 to 1.6, and 2.1 to 2.6. Within each exercise group, we cover seperate ascending and descending versions (going up and going down the scale).
Practicing Subdivisions with the metronome
Each ascending and descending scale exercise has been notated for 8ths, triplets, and 16ths. This is where the Guitar Pro file really helps, because you can turn on the built in metronome and get used to playing these subdivisions at various tempos. Remember to start slow, and build up the speed once you are comfortable playing through correctly and in time.
Lastly, these scales are best played using the alternate picking technique, so start with a down stroke, make your next one an up stroke, and then continue in this way throughout the scale. I have omitted these markings from the Guitar Pro file to keep the exercises from looking cluttered and distracting.
Studying for guitar grade exams?
These minor pentatonic scale exercises are especially useful for anyone studying for their Rockschool or RGT Grade 3-4 electric guitar exams. These skills can then be carried forward to
future grades, and the creative concepts can be transferred to the other 4 positions of the minor pentatonic scales, and also for the 5 major pentatonic scales.
– Theo from @TLMusicLessons
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