5-NoTe STRING-pAIR CeLLS
exAmpLe 1 These examples feature five-note string-pair cells that follow a 2-3 configuration. Example 1 is based around A minor pentatonic and uses a combination of slides and micro-tonal bends. Although you may have heard this shape before, have you worked out the other four inversions? exAmpLe 2 Talking of which, this example is based around another inversion of an A minor pentatonic scale string-pair cell arranged in a 2-3 configuration. Here, slides have been added as a means of adding more earcatching articulation and expression. exAmpLe 3 As mentioned earlier, any five-note scale can be classed as a pentatonic scale. The string-pair cell in this example is based upon the Japanese pentatonic scale (in this case, in A): 1 2 b3 5 b6
A B C E F Although it employs several techniques (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, fretting-hand taps, picking-hand taps etc), it’s important to keep all the notes equal in both volume and relevant distance (rhythmically, they should all be played as 16th-notes).