The Minor Pentatonic Scale

In this lesson we look at the Minor Pentatonic Scale. This is one of the most common scales in all of rock and pop music. We look at how to play a basic, common fingering of the scale, move it around to different areas on the neck and then learn a riff based on the scale.

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  1. Michael Fields January 6, 2017 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Happy New Year Mark…And thank you so much for being a top notch teacher.

  2. Andrés Garcia May 10, 2017 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Your lessons are great. I remember watching this video and understanding more deeply the lines that I had learned when I first picked up the bass. “Oh, this line by Geezer is built out of a minor pentatonic scale. I can see why he chose that for this song, because it’s meant to be somber and introspective, but not necessarily depressive and sad.” Thank you.

  3. Cees Smit June 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark, I am a firm follower of your lessons, highly appreciated. On a german site ( they have 6 workshops on the minor pentatonic scale and they play them over/beyond the octave as well – is there a reason you don’t bring this up or am I missing the obvious(same thing on your lessons about the major pentatonic)

    Thanks for letting us know and keep up the good work

    Cees Smit, Germany

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