The pentatonic scale is a simple five-note scale that has many applications across musical genres.
In this lesson, you learn to play it in moveable shapes across the guitar.
Take a look at the set of notes at the left. This is a pentatonic scale since it has only five different notes: G, B, E, A, and D. This scale is the E minor pentatonic or the G major pentatonic scale.
This particular boxlike shape is convenient because it’s so easy to memorize. (Notice that this first scale uses all of the open strings. This is not the case for all pentatonic scales.) This scale has two great applications. First, it is used in the key of G Major or E minor to create a smooth, consonant scale sound. In other words, if the home chord is G, you can use the scale to play over these basic chords. Continue reading
What is strumming patterns? Strumming your guitar is often an interesting challenge as you start. It should be difficult to get your chords to sound correct. All of this will improve with time and practice. Lots of newbie guitar players wish to strum the strings too hard. This leads to an annoying “twangy” effect. you’ll want to avoid this at all costs!
Find here some useful tips for getting a good sound: Be sure to hold your pick correctly.
Be sure you don’t hold the pick too tightly.
In a downward motion, lightly glide the pick over your strings.
Don’t try and strum to fast. Go for accuracy than speed!
Practice strumming whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes, and sixteenth notes.
Also, practice note values using a downward strum first.
Practice note values using a down/up pattern (go for accuracy!).
Integrate down-down up-up using note values.
Strum with your wrist, not your arm
As far as actual patterns are in the game, most are going to be unique to the song you’re playing. Some strumming patterns are going to be indicated by D (down) and U (up) symbols and some shall be indicated by / (down) and \ (up). Also, some will be indicated by actual note values where there will be a combination of whole, half, quarter, eighth and sixteenth notes. This is where some of the theory comes in handy!