Pentatonic Precision

Starting on Thursday, December 1st at 6pm Eastern

Starting December 1st, 2016 and live each Thursday at 6pm EST for the following 10 weeks. Archives will be available within a few hours of the conclusion of each course. This course will show you just how much can be accomplished with a single pentatonic shape.

The first scale pattern you learned was probably pentatonic. What you probably never learned was the immense power it offers. Come see how much you can play by learning one simple pattern.

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About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

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In 2016, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

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Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

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Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!

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Full Course Schedule

View the full course schedule below. And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with the instructor and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

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Session 1

12/01/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Our Home For The Next Ten Weeks

Let's get super familiar with the scale pattern, learn a few sequences and get good and warmed up! We’re going to need it. It’s one thing to play the scale up and down or noodle with it over a backing track, but learning some basic sequences will help you formulate some ideas both rhythmically and melodically. You’ll get your creative juices flowing!

Session 2

12/08/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Two Strings at a Time

We will break the full pattern up into smaller chunks in this session. This will help us see the scale a bit differently. It doesn’t have to be looked at as a whole. Each section or two-string grouping is rich with ways to phrase and create cool licks. We’ll look at the styles of Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix as the main examples of how the two string approach works. We’ll also go over a cool drill that helps deal with the two note per string thing!

Session 3

12/15/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Chords Within The Shape

One of the things that great guitar players realize that not-so-great ones don’t is that chords exist within every scale pattern. When you pick out the notes for chords within a scale pattern, your playing becomes much richer, less linear sounding and way more interesting. We’ll go over a whole page of cool chords that use nothing more that this Pentatonic position and show you how to use them!

Session 4

12/22/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Meet Your Major And Minor Needs

Did you know that this pattern works for playing in both Major and Minor keys? While it’s great to learn new patterns, it’s also great to get some more mileage out of something you already know. We’ll look at how to use this over sad and happy tunes and we’ll discuss a bit of simple theory so that you’ll understand how to find the right place on the neck to play what you need to play.

Session 5

12/29/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Inner Bending

Great playing and phrasing with the Pentatonic scale isn’t really complete without a thorough discussion about bending. I’ll point out key places in the pattern that bends especially beg to happen, and we’ll make sure your bending technique is in ship shape at the same time.

Session 6

01/05/17 at 6pm EST Get Access

The Sound of Small Sequences

The most interesting licks don’t just blow through entire patterns. They do include a few notes and milk them for all they are worth! We’ll look at what makes a lick great and learn some small, repetitive sequences to fan the flame of creativity. You’ll never listen to your favorite guitar players the same way again.

Session 7

01/12/17 at 6pm EST Get Access

Trills and Thrills

Legato playing is a key ingredient in great phrasing. We’ll do a little workout with the whole scale to dial in our hammer ons and pull offs. Then we’ll take smaller parts of the scale and make our forearms burn a little. Once you build the stamina and learn how to make the most of the techniques, working it into your playing will be a snap!

Session 8

01/19/17 at 6pm EST Get Access

Tasty Blues With a New Note

We’ll add just one note to our familiar scale pattern and you’ll hear a whole new world open up before you! You’ve likely heard this sound in many of your favorite Blues players. It’s a super common sound. While not purely part of the scale it frequently lives in the midst of the most blatantly pentatonic phrases

Session 9

01/26/17 at 6pm EST Get Access

The Mean Major Sound

It’s not completely major, but it’s definitely not minor. What is it? Instead of getting into a huge discussion on modes we will move one simple note in the pattern you already know. Who knew it was that easy?

Session 10

02/02/17 at 6pm EST Get Access

Everything In Between

This scale pattern really starts to shine when you look at and play some of the notes that you skip when you play JUST the scale. We’ll look and listen to how passing through some of the in-between notes creates some truly tasty playing. Combine these note additions with the phrasing suggestions and your playing will come alive!