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Variations on the Pentatonic Scale

If you know the pentatonic scale forms, you should use them creatively across the length of the fretboard. Usually, each idea is demonstrated five times, starting on each tone of the minor pentatonic scale.

You will find occasional major pentatonic examples, too, but remember: all of these ideas can be applied to any kind of pentatonic scale.

Variation 1 — Sliding Combinations

Minor Pentatonic
The first combination is relatively simple. The purpose is to get a wider range by sliding from one form to the next.

Combining Forms 1 and 2

Combining Forms 2 and 3

Combining Forms 3 and 4

Major Pentatonic
Combining Forms 1 and 2

Combining Forms 3 and 4
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