Minor Pentatonic Scale

City of Bath College

City of Bath College

This post is for my students at the City of Bath College.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale is a five note scale consisting of the following intervals: R b3 4 5 b7

The five position system is great for learning how to use the whole fretboard when soloing. Each position begins on a note of the Minor Pentatonic scale – five notes, five positions, easy!

A simple way to work out the Minor Pentatonic Scale in any key is to remember the intervallic distances between each of the five notes, like this: b3rd 2nd 2nd b3rd 2nd or count the frets, like this: 3 2 2 3 2

A Minor Pentatonic Scale – A C D E G

Five Position System

Position #1 – A ( Fret 5 )

Minor Pentatonic Scale P1

Position #2 – C ( Fret 8 )

Minor Pentatonic Scale P2

Position #3 – D ( Fret 10 )

Minor Pentatonic Scale P3

Position #4 – E ( Fret 12 )

Minor Pentatonic Scale P4

Position #5 – G ( Fret 15/3 )

Minor Pentatonic Scale P5

Download the Minor Pentatonic Scale sheet HERE

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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