Play a Major Pentatonic Scale in Key of A on Acoustic Guitar
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Hello, and welcome to VisiHow. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to play a major pentatonic scale in the key of A on your acoustic guitar. The major pentatonic scale is a harmonious scale that uses a combination of notes on the fretboard to create a scale, going up and down, that sound very nice when played together. This is useful to know because it helps you to create solos and songs that are pleasant to listen to. For your reference, the top string will be referred to as the 6th string, the second string will be referred to as the 5th string, continuing down to the bottom string, which will be referred to as the 1st string. For a pentatonic scale you will be playing based on sections of the fretboard, starting with notes on the 6th string, moving down to notes on the 5th string, and continuing to the 1st string. Once you have reached the 1st string, you will go back up the strings to the 6th string, with the notes in reverse order. This is referred to as one section. Once you have completed the first section, you will move on to the second section, and so on. There are four sections in a pentatonic scale. Practice each section before moving on to the next.
- 1The first section will be played on the 2nd through 5th frets.Use your index finger for the 2nd fret, your ring finger for the 4th fret, and your little finger for the 5th fret. The first note you will play will be 6th string, 2nd fret. The second note you will play on the 6th string will be on the 5th fret. We will refer to this combination of notes as 6th string 2-5, and continue to use this notation throughout the tutorial.Advertisement
- 3Practice moving down and then up the strings, following the same pattern as the previous step and reversing it as you move back up the strings.The pattern for moving up the strings will be 1st string 5-2, 2nd string 5-2, 3rd string 4-2, 4th string 4-2, 5th string 4-2, and 6th string 5-2. This is the end of the first section.
- 7The third section will be played on the 6th through 10th frets.For the 3rd through 6th strings, use your index finger on the 6th fret, your middle finger on the 7th fret, your ring finger on the 8th fret, and your little finger on the 9th fret. When you get down to the 2nd string, you will need to shift your hand position up the fretboard by one fret. For example, your index finger will now be used on the 7th fret, and your little finger will be used on the 10th fret.
- 14This concludes the tutorial on how to play the major pentatonic scale in the key of A on your acoustic guitar.If you have any questions or suggestions about this video, please post them in the comments section below. You will also find links below to other videos in this beginner's guitar series. Thank you for watching VisiHow.Advertisement
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