Guitar Scale Exercises - Learning A Minor Pentatonic Scale

When you do a few guitar scale exercises before you practice, you really have the chance to loosen up those phalanges for the work that needs to be done. We all really just want to dive into the material at hand, but a few good guitar scale exercises can get you ready.

Personally, I do eight different scales and practice riffs before I begin working on anything...

And that's after I've done a few nice finger stretches too.

This scale I'm going to show you is a Minor Pentatonic scale. I'm actually not much for learning the proper names and such, but I do believe that learning the association of notes within scales is very good for playing improvisational licks and solos.

(Which I lack. I'm more of a rhythm player confined to already written music myself.)

Here's the scale:

e------------------------------------------5---8--- b----------------------------------5---8----------- g--------------------------5---7------------------- D------------------5---7---------------------------

The key to tackling any guitar scale exercise is to approach it first with a very slow and controlled manner so that you can be precise with your finger placement. Don't try to do too much at once.

You really want to work on being fluent and connected between each note.

When you feel that you're up to the task, speed it up slightly. If you have a metronome to keep time, that's fantastic.

If you can play the scale pretty well going in one direction, try it going in another. Then, try to go directly from one direction into the other.

As soon as you play the guitar scale exercise well at a slightly faster tempo, increase it again. Repeat over and over until you're basically flying all over the guitar neck and looking like a beast.

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How To Guitar Play- Important Tips For Beginning Guitarists
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