Guitar Techniques - - Lesson: Chop Shops -

The first four ex­er­cises show how to use lin­ear le­gato pat­terns to cre­ate lines that in­cor­po­rate Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic (root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th) and Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic (root, b3rd, 4th, 5th and b7th) scales. Of­ten played over dom­i­nant chords, or to melod­i­cally con­vey a dom­i­nant feel, th­ese ideas sound great in blues, rock, coun­try and jazz. The fin­ger­ings and pick di­rec­tions work for me, but you may find oth­ers that suit you bet­ter. The sixth-string root line is a cool way of play­ing a G Ma­jor Pen­ta­tonic-sound­ing idea that bor­rows the G Mi­nor Pen­ta­tonic’s b3rd (Bb) in be­tween the 2nd (A) and 3rd (B). This takes away the ‘happy’ ma­jor feel and makes it more coun­try. This is good de­vel­op­ing le­gato tech­nique for your fourth fret­ting hand fin­ger.

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