This is a public version of the members-only Fiddle with Darol Anger, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Fiddle with Darol Anger.
Join Now

Beginner Fiddle
Intermediate Fiddle
Advanced Fiddle
Jazz & Blues Fiddle
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Fiddle Lessons: Pentatonics

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +

+Beginner Fiddle

+Intermediate Fiddle

+Advanced Fiddle

+Jazz & Blues Fiddle

Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   

This video lesson is available only to members of
Fiddle with Darol Anger.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Fiddle with Darol Anger. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Fiddle Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
here's a little more about pentatonic
Pentatonic meaning five, right?
You've probably heard about these.
They are five note scales.
One of the most common scales, in the
world, you hear this stuff all over.
In Asian music and Middle Eastern music,
all across the globe, people are playing a
scale that,
that has five notes in it, and usually,
the notes that we agree on,
that are in the pentatonic scale if we
look at the key of G,
for instance G major pentatonic would
consist of G.
The two,
which would be an A note in this case, the
And then we skip that four.
We jump up to the five.
And then the sixth.
And then, that's five, no,
it's right there.
If we wanna complete the cycle,
we go back up to the one, the G.
So, whether it sounds like it's.
Let's just play that.
Back down.
We can take this all
the way up two octaves, and G.
You'll notice that,
like we do I stayed in first position, but
I went up as far as I could.
I didn't end up at a G, I ended up at the
B, right?
Because that's, as far, as that particular
scale is gonna go, in first position.
And it's always good to practice any of
your scales,
down to the lowest note in, on the
And then, if you're gonna stay in one
just practice to the highest note in that
So, that's what we get.
Ideally and ultimately,
you're gonna want to be able to play that
scale without thinking about it.
Like that.
It's a G major pentatonic.
If you want to, you know, play it in
another key, also, what would we do?
We can do it in, let's do it in A.
Still, all relationships are the same.
1, 2, 3, 5, 6,1.
That's our magic formula for the
1, 2, 3, 5, 6,1.
So, we 1, 2, 3, 5, 6,1.
Different fingering, same relationships,
same numbers,
which is why I love to use the numbers,
because it makes things, so much simpler.
If we did it in B it would be the same
1, 2, 3, 5, 6 ,2 ,3, 4.
It's kind of a stretch there,
with that fourth finger to get that major
All right, s,
we've looked at the major pentatonic.
Which is very handy for
getting around in the key of G, for fiddle
When you start improvising.
a great scale to quickly get around, and
just stay in a key.
Now, here's an interesting thing.
What happens, if I play the same exact
scale in G.
But, I start and end, on the E note.
All of the sudden, it becomes a minor
Well, there, we're in major again.
There in minor.
Now, now we're happy again.
So, the idea that there are two keys,
you know, in every key, G, for instance,
G major and E minor, that are very closely
through the pentatonic scale.
That works in every key, you know G has E,
E has G, G major, E minor.
We can just take that all the way up.
D for instance, D.
D has B,
so D major is very connected to B minor.
You can take it all the way up, A, A
A has F sharp minor.
So, each key, either, you have these
diads, these two pairs of keys,
major and minor, that are connected, and
that's kind of a nice thing.
So, there are lot of tunes that go back
forth between their connected major and
there are a lot of tunes that go back and
forth between their connected major and
minor keys.
And, one of them is this wonderful tune
called Hi Dad in the Morning, and
it goes back and forth between, G major,.
and E minor.
let's assume that we have practiced our G
major panatonic.
That we have put a couple of sequences in.
there's plenty of tunes that use the
I'm gonna teach you one now called High
Dad in the Morning which I
learned from a Kenny Baker record.
And this actually goes back and forth
between kind of a minor feel and
a major feel, but it's all the same notes.
It starts down here.
So let's look at that again.
That's the whole first part, the A part.
One, two, one, two, go.
Second part, it's got a little pickup on
So this,
One, two, three.
That's the one, right there.
One, two, three.
So that's the second part.
It goes from the G to the D, right?
And then it adds, it adds a little.
that kind of sound which is very
reminiscent, very characteristic [SOUND]
He loves those [SOUND] seventh chords, and
that's, like a D Seventh.
The third part, starting way down at the
With a nice double-stop.
You can also play a single stop or just.
So playing your fourth finger,
you're gonna use your fourth finger no
matter what.
But you could play it with open E string.
And then to the D.
Or you could play the E and
the G together.
And then the D and the F-sharp together.
So, again.
We have that little pick up.
then fourth finger again with the open A.
All right I'm just gonna play High Dad in
the Morning through for you.
And [SOUND] you'll just a kind of a slow
So you can, I'll count it off.
One, two, one, two, three.
So that's Hi Dad in the Morning.