Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns part 1

2017-11-06T16:11:43+00:00August 13th, 2013|Categories: Bass Scales & Arpeggios|4 Comments

This lesson covers the Minor Pentatonic scale and how to play it all over the bass guitar neck. The main patterns are covered along with a demonstration of improvising through them.

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  1. Bob P November 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    This is a terrific series of videos. Thank you! Some questions:

    1. Why do we learn only the 1st finger pattern on the D string? Is this simply a transition position to move around the neck (lower to higher and vice-versa) for the E and A string positions? For that matter, should we learn patterns starting on the G string?

    2. Should we focus on the same concept to get our seventh chord arpeggios? After all, there is only one additional note from a Cm7 chord to a Cm pentatonic scale. Is it easier to add a note to a pattern (e.g., triad to seventh to pentatonic) or work backward? Or, should we think of our patterns separately?

    3. I also like to slide from the minor third to major fourth with the first finger for the Cm pentatonic scale when using the 2nd finger pattern. Does that pose a problem in utilizing these patterns for chord progressions in songs, do you think?

    • admin November 3, 2013 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks a lot.

      In answer to your questions:

      1. I only cover the D string 1st finger pattern because the 2nd and 4th finger patterns are covered by the E string tonic position. I simplified things by just using the E and A string tonics where possible. That way there are only two main positions within an octave. you are right to say that the D string 1st finger is a transitional position between the lower E and upper A positions. This is only one way of looking at it. You could learn the E strings patterns as D string patterns too.

      2. Absolutely! Use this concept in learning all scales and arpeggios. I’m about to do bunch of lessons devoted to this system. I am almost finished writing an incredibly thorough book on scales and this concept. That’ll be on sale at the website shortly.

      3. I also slide up to the fourth from the minor third when sometimes playing the Cm pentatonic. The fingerings are fairly irrelevant since it’s the patterns you are concentrating on. When you slide up it simply moves you into the 1st finger pattern. It won’t pose any problems.

      Hope that answers your questions.


  2. Ronald John Hammant May 28, 2015 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Your tutorials are second to none Mark, thank you. I know of the Pentatonic Neutral, what is your view on this particular scale? As it seems to me that the Major and Minor Pentatonics in all three finger positions, would just about cover the importance of the five note Pentatonic scales.

  3. Mark S Beretta September 21, 2016 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Mark you move way too fast for me.

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