Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar Positions - All 5 shapes

beginning guitarist fretboard mapping lead guitar scale types in 5 positions (root to root) scales May 04, 2021

There are five major pentatonic scale guitar positions and we often neglect all but one or two of them. Get all five of these major pentatonic positions down with this handy guitar scale exercise.  

➡ FREE PDF: Top 3 Pentatonic Scale Patterns for more melodic soloing 

Weekly Lesson #73



Lesson Content Outline with Timestamp Links:

0:00 - Major Pentatonic scale example intro
0:02 - About this lesson and channel
0:50 - Link to the Scales playlist
0:59 - Diagrams of the 5 major pentatonic scale guitar positions
3:36 - Root to root method
4:49 - Demonstration of all five major pentatonic scale guitar positions
5:42 - Next steps to master the scale patterns
6:43 - Example of melodic 3rds scale pattern
7:59 - Technique reminders for scale practice
8:30 - Conclusion, outro, & Free PDF


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Lesson Description:

I'm continuing a series about mapping out all the guitar positions of various scale types using an exercise I call the Root to Root Method. 

This week's lesson is on the five major pentatonic scale guitar positions. 

Some say that the pentatonic scale is the tastiest scale out there, but it's also often neglected. 

It's easy to learn one scale position shape and move it around on the neck.

But sometimes we go years without filling in those blank areas on the fretboard where we know "good" notes exist. 

Check out how simple this scale position exercise is, and how good it sounds.

I hope it inspires you to fill in some of those "blank spots" and that it leads you into some fun major pentatonic scale jams. :) 

I went a long time before thoroughly learning these five major pentatonic scale guitar positions. It always bothered me that I didn’t have them mapped out. I knew the minor pentatonic scale much better. Once I used the root to root method I could finally see the major pentatonic scale positions as their own entity and it was very freeing. I hope the same for you. 


The Five Major Pentatonic Scale Positions


➡ FREE PDF: Top 3 Pentatonic Scale Patterns for more melodic soloing

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and found it beneficial. Let me know what you thought in the comments. Thanks! :) 

- Jared

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