John Heussenstamm

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Pentatonic Scales and Riffs


Introduction to pentatonic scales and riffs using those scales. The pentatonic scales and riffs shown here are in the key of A. To play in a different key, simply move the pattern or riff up and down the fretboard.


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 1 4:01 04-17-2007 the five positions of the A minor pentatonic scale are shown. The importance of memorizing all 5 positions is discussed. "BB's box" is pointed out.
 2 1:18 04-26-2007 explanation of how the A minor pentatonic scale is derived from the C major diatonic scale.
 3 2:30 12-17-2008 explanation of how the A minor pentatonic scale is derived from the A major diatonic scale.
 4 0:51 04-27-2007 explanation of how the A major pentatonic scale is derived from the A major diatonic scale.
 5 1:30 04-27-2007 it's noticed that the A major pentatonic scale has the same shape as the A minor pentatonic scale, except it's 3 frets lower; not surprising given lessons 2 and 4 above. Locating one scale from the other using your little and index fingers is also shown.
 6 1:48 04-17-2007 the five positions of the A major pentatonic scale are quickly reviewed.


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 7 3:26 05-19-2009 once you've learned your pentatonic scales, what's the next step? Answer: creating melodies or riffs from those scales.
 8 0:44 05-19-2009 two variations of A minor pentatonic riff #1 are introduced.