TRA CKs 10-12

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Pentatonic -

Rock Ex 7 Here we are in D mi­nor with a set of clas­sic rock changes - a Im, bVI, bVII, Im pro­gres­sion. Stay­ing in shape 1 through­out, no­tice how the repet­i­tive string skip­ping lick works for both the Bb and C chords, prov­ing just how easy it is to make the mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale work, even if you aren’t pri­mar­ily tar­get­ing the key chord tones of each chord. Use your first fin­ger to barre the 10th fret of the top three strings, and watch for un­wanted string noise.

Rock Ex 8 These se­quence-based runs are in F# mi­nor. No­tice how the whole seg­ment is de­rived from the mi­nor pen­ta­tonic scale, but still man­ages to in­clude arpeg­gios con­tain­ing some of the chord tones of each of the three chords. In fact the root, 3rd and 5th is played for each chord, ex­cept on the E where the 3rd (G#) isn’t in the scale (but the root and 5th are).

Rock Ex 9 Here’s a fast, as­cend­ing se­quence us­ing E mi­nor pen­ta­tonic, which al­lows you to travel hor­i­zon­tally across the neck. Es­sen­tially we are go­ing through the 5 CAGED shapes, stick­ing to the first and sec­ond strings ex­clu­sively. Try it out on other string sets to gain ex­tra mileage from this lick and make sure you prac­tise the rapid po­si­tion changes at a suit­ably slow tempo at first. I also highly rec­om­mend us­ing al­ter­nate pick­ing to get this up to speed, main­tain­ing a steady time-feel through­out, not least as the ex­am­ple veers into the fi­nal de­scend­ing se­quence, sud­denly trav­el­ling back­wards and ver­ti­cally rather than hor­i­zon­tally.

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