The minor pentatonic is one of the core scales of rock guitar. In this lesson, Will shows you a super simple fingering for this essential scale!
Taught by Will Ripley in Rock Guitar for Beginners seriesLength: 8:21Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Welcome to your introduction to the world of guitar scales! In this lesson, we focus on the E minor pentatonic scale. It’s the most utilized scale in rock music, and you will soon find out why. Let’s dive into it!
Scene 1: Reading a Scale Chart-(05:51)
Will starts out by showing you how to read a scale chart. Scale charts are different from chord charts and tablature but still share some similarities. One thing you will notice from the diagrams in the video, is that all the fingerings and fret positions of the scale are laid out across the diagram of the neck as a bird’s eye view. This will help you visualize the scale quicker and more efficiently.
Will demonstrates the scale by playing it across all the strings. You will only use your middle and index fingers throughout the whole thing. This is also represented in the scale chart. The index finger will be represented by the number 1, and the middle finger will be represented by the number 2. There are also open strings in this scale, which are depicted as open circles on the chart.
Scene 2: Good Execution-(02:30)
In this section, Will talks about how to execute the scale properly. Understand that the key here is not speed, but clarity. Focus on making the notes ring out clearly and loudly. Then, make sure you are practicing the scale with some sort of rhythmic feel. Will suggests you do this by tapping your foot to a beat, and play the scale to that beat in any rhythmic subdivision of your choice.
The other important aspect about playing this or any scale, is your picking hand technique. Will suggests you apply the same right hand techniques covered in the previous riff lessons. These techniques include keeping your hand down on the bridge and gripping the pick correctly.
Next, Will applies alternate down/up picking to the notes in the scale as he plays it across the strings. Take note of the wrist as it glides along with the left hand throughout the scale pattern. This is a great way to start out practicing the scale and really get it into your muscle memory.
That wraps it up for this lesson of the E minor pentatonic scale. Get this scale underneath your fingers, then join us in the next lesson where we will get started using the scale in a song!
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Will Ripley is a passionate guitarist who performs, teaches, and manages a successful music business. His wild stage presence and undeniable guitar skills transcend vibe and waveforms of the highest levels of energy.. His talents however, are directly related to years of staying “on the grind” and “paying his dues”. He has played with many bands, produced, composed and collaborated both solo and with top level musicians. He is a sought-after studio musician and works creatively with other musicians.
Coming from a blues and classic rock background, Ripley discovered 90?s rock in his late teens. Ripley’s style is unique. He’s been described as combining the blues guitar playing of Albert King and Jimi Hendrix with big riffs that are reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and Rage Against the Machine with the booty shaking rhythms of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and N.E.R.D. Ripley also has a soft place in his heart for pop music ranging from The Beatles to Stone Temple Pilots to Kelly Clarkson.
In addition to creation and production of music, Ripley teaches guitar using a method he developed through his education and over countless sessions with learners of all ages and levels. This led to the development of a successful series of recorded lessons called Guitar Goals available from his website. As the founder of the Will Ripley Guitar School he has begun expanding as a franchise into other cities which has 1 location currently – the Vancouver Guitar School. Students the world over can learn guitar using this effective, rewarding, and enjoyable style at their own pace – with epic results!
Ripley seeks participation in authentic, professional-level music, with like-minded, enthusiastic, high-achieving musicians. With dreams of creating legendary songs, Ripley is open to new band mates, songwriting partners, and recording opportunities.
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