pentatonic three note patterns
Pentatonic Three Note Patterns
Most people are familiar with the major pentatonic. In many cases it is one of the first scales you encounter when learning scales for improvisation. Playing major pentatonic in sequences is sometime familiar to students, but usually they have not worked with the six patterns used in this course. All six patterns sound great, so make them part of your practice session and play them in all 12 keys. If you want to get a preview of how these six patterns sound, listen to some of the études to hear them played in one key or via side stepping.
Depending on your level you may approach this course in different ways. If you are familiar with the major pentatonic and can play it in all 12 keys then move on to playing both the pattern exercises using:
1, 2, 3
1, 2, 5
1, 2, 6
1, 3, 5
1, 3, 6
1, 5, 6
Make sure to also check out the major pentatonic four note patterns. They are also very useful when improvising with a pentatonic scale. Remember that no matter what pentatonic scale you use the patterns and ideas presented on this website can be used to spice up your playing. Remember it’s important to learn any scale in all keys so that you are prepared to use it in any situation. If you are a guitarist make sure to think note names and/or degrees when learning a scale rather than just fingering patterns. This will slow you down initially but over time it will make you a much better musician.
Much of the material presented on this website is from the Pentatonic Scale Lexicon Volume One: Major by Bruce Arnold and is used by permission. All rights are reserved on all information found on this website. For visiting this site you will receive a 10% discount on this course when you purchase it. Just use the promo code: lex when checking out via the cart system.