Beginners, part two book is now out. If you work steadily through both books, you'll soon be a player!
The chart below contains a wealth of useful information. From the outside in we have:
1. Key signatures;
2. Major Keys;
3. Number of sharps and flats in each key;
4. The Relative Minor.
You should try and familiarise yourself with all of this information but if all you know is a Minor Pentatonic scale, perhaps the best thing to learn is the Relative Minor to each major key. This will enable you to use your Pentatonic Scale over songs in major keys, eg. Use Am Pentatonic over songs in C Major, Em Pentatonic over songs in G Major; Bm over D Major; etc....
Once you've learnt the Minor Pentatonic Scale in one position, you' want to extend it over the entire fretboard. There are five positions in all to learn and they are based around minor chord shapes. This chart shows you the positions of both. Take time to learn the chord shapes and Root Notes (R).
To play solos, it is helpful to have scales from which we can select the notes we want to use. The most common scale used for soloing is the minor pentatonic.
When learning the scale, try to be aware of the root note of the scale (shown red below) and try to see the minor chord shape under the scale (shown to the left of the scale in the lower diagram).
E.g. In G Minor:
This scale can be used not only against a chord of G minor, but also against chord sequences in the key of G minor and Bb major. Try playing notes from this scale over the following progressions:
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