Pentatonic Scale (Guitar Lesson)


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Rich Nibbe

Pentatonic Scale

Rich Nibbe takes a look at how you can apply the pentatonic scale in the style of John Mayer into your playing.

Taught by Rich Nibbe in Style of John Mayer seriesLength: 15:13Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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dcsjdcsj replied on August 26th, 2013

ONCE YOU'VE GOT THESE NAILED---LOTS OF CHORDS IN THE PATH AND MUSIC---BIGTIME

chucksnowchucksnow replied on June 7th, 2013

A friend stopped by and said that is an Em to D major change. So, he helped be record a short backing track which I open in RiffMaster so that I can change the tempo and key while playing to it. Also, I am practicing the pentatonic patterns and the transitions by playing from E to E. I am spending a few minutes each practice session with learning the notes in the scale E,G, A, B, D, E and the intervals of 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th.

bobclarkbobclark replied on June 2nd, 2013

I too agree that adding the backing track from this lesson would be very helpful.

chucksnowchucksnow replied on June 1st, 2013

Great lesson on practicing the Pentatonic scale and how to move around the neck within it. Would you mind sharing the backing track loop and the progression you played on it? As you move around to the backing track are you just hitting the root notes of the chords in the progression?

rsantos16rsantos16 replied on May 29th, 2013

Wow! This lesson with the scales opened up my eyes BIG time. I always wondered how it was that players moved all around the neck while staying in a specific key. Great lesson. Keep them coming.

Style of John Mayer

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Explore the unique style and techniques of John Mayer.



Lesson 1

Introduction to John Mayer

Rich Nibbe and JamPlay are proud to present another "In the style of" series, this time featuring the one and only John Mayer. This introductory lesson dives right in, taking a look at soloing ideas, percussive...

Length: 16:21 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Pentatonic Scale

Rich Nibbe takes a look at how you can apply the pentatonic scale in the style of John Mayer into your playing.

Length: 15:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Sixth Intervals

Rich Nibbe demonstrates how John Mayer adds interest to his playing by adding sixth intervals.

Length: 8:06 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

John Mayer Acoustic Techniques

Rich Nibbe explores the acoustic guitar's role in John Mayer's playing. Learn about alternate tunings, open strings, moving chord shapes and more.

Length: 17:12 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Licks and Influences

Rich Nibbe takes a took at a variety of licks in the style of John Mayer and the artists he was likely inspired by.

Length: 7:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

John Mayer Inspired Track Part 1

Rich Nibbe plays a super catchy John Mayer inspired track. Then, he dissects each section in the following two lessons. In part one, you will learn the intro, verse, and chorus.

Length: 15:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

John Mayer Inspired Track Part 2

In part two, Rich Nibbe takes a close look at the leads on the John Mayer inspired track you heard in part one.

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Rich Nibbe View Full Biography Rich grew up in Southern California and lived life on the beach for most of his life. Wanting to do something fun for a living he pursued guitar as a career. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Rich spent time teaching and understanding how to have a voice through the instrument. Gradually work and travel started to pick up which lead to a decade and a half on the road and in the studio. He has had the privilege of working with artists like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss and Tommy Walker.

Rich grew up in Southern California and lived life on the beach for most of his life. Wanting to do something fun for a living he pursued guitar as a career. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Rich spent time teaching and understanding how to have a voice through the instrument. Gradually work and travel started to pick up which lead to a decade and a half on the road and in the studio. He has had the privilege of working with artists like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Allison Krauss and Tommy Walker.

Rich has also done sessions and led clinics all over world, including session work in South Korea.

Rich currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife and two boys.

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