The Most Popular Scale in the World?

It’s not the blues scale. Thankfully.

Chops: Beginner
Theory: Beginner
Lesson Overview:
• Demonstrate several uses for the major pentatonic scale.
• Explore different forms of world music.
• Highlight techniques that will give your guitar playing a more cosmopolitan sound.

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While many guitarists are aware of the minor pentatonic scale's use in blues and rock music, it's the major pentatonic that is known the world over. Or is it? In this lesson we'll span the globe searching for the prevalence of the major pentatonic.

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