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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Major Pentatonic Scales Up the Neck

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[MUSIC].
Okay, we're back.
We're moving on to intermediate
pentatonic scales, the shapes.
And we're gonna move those up the neck.
And we're also gonna talk a little bit
about, we're gonna just kinda introduce
the concept of the minor and major thirds.
So, we're gonna start in G, and I'm
gonna explain this pretty detailed in G.
And then, I'm gonna move more
rapidly through the other keys and
show you some examples.
But of course,
reference the provided material,
the PDFs, the tablature, all that stuff
that comes along with these lessons here.
So, let's get in G.
[SOUND] And
first we're gonna do the open position.
I might have showed you that already but
we're gonna run through that real quick.
And what we're doing here is
we're just outlining the chord.
[SOUND] And we're taking the scales
around these chords that we did earlier.
And we're just breaking them down into
almost just outlining these chords,
and that's just gonna give us a good
foundation, a good fundamental,
of what these key notes are in the chords
without all the degrees of the scale.
So, what we're gonna do is
we're gonna start an open G and
I'll just play the pentatonic shape in G.
So, third finger, third fret,
high E string start on G.
[MUSIC].
So, that's your pentatonic scale.
And we're not hitting the F sharp,
[SOUND] the C we're just
hitting the key notes, [SOUND].
Now, when we move that up
to our bar chord shape
we're gonna outline these chords, well,
this chord, but like the triads,
focus on the triads.
So, that's gonna be.
[SOUND] And then going back down.
Let's start with our second finger.
[SOUND] So, those are just
the key foundation, or
framework type of notes
that I wanted to show you.
So, that just really,
really outlines that chord.
You're taking just the key notes.
[SOUND] Now,
we're going to move down to this
third position, the G partial.
And we are going to
think about this chord.
And this partial chord and
our one over three chord right here.
[SOUND] Which you are not going
to play that very often, but
it's great to visualize
the three is right there.
The B [SOUND] and G.
So, what we are going to do is start here.
We are going to start on B on your three.
[SOUND] You can end there, so
what you hear is the resolve there.
So, we are starting on B.
[SOUND] And you can see where it,
where it when we hit the B here.
We're outlining that chord as well.
We're hitting that B note,
which is directly connected to that chord.
So, we're incorporating
this shape and a little
bit of this shape as well, so.
[SOUND] So, that's that shape.
Now, we're moving up to the C shape,
and we're gonna start on D.
[SOUND] So, we're in the key of G, we're
starting on the D note with our little
finger, but we're playing
around the C shaped chord of G.
[SOUND] So, that pentatonic shape is.
[SOUND] And I'm just
hitting all down strokes,
because this is more
of a left hand exercise.
So, just simple down strokes,
and if you wanted to,
you could incorporate some down up down
if you want to use that little exercise.
[SOUND] You can do
that if you want to.
So, now,
we're moving on to our A shape, D.
And that pentatonic shape is gonna be
based out of these triads and this chord.
So, we're going to start on D [SOUND].
And we're just going
to outline that chord.
We're hitting the key notes.
That outline that chord.
So, starting on D with
the first finger,
we're playing out of
this position in G [SOUND].
You can go up to the high G if you want,
cuz this is our next position.
We're gonna go to this A position here,
or some people call it the G position.
It's gonna be the same as this.
[SOUND] You can hear how that
sounds exactly the same,
it's just up here on the 14th fret.
So, what we're gonna do,
excuse me, 15th fret.
So, what we're gonna do is we're gonna
outline that chord, this full chord.
So, we're gonna start with
the high G on your little finger.
So, we're
gonna go [SOUND].
And that outlines that.
And then, you're back to square one.
You've completed all
those chord positions,
all the way up the neck.
Okay, now we're gonna move on to A.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
We're gonna
do this in A now.
So here's A, [SOUND].
And to make A7, [SOUND] just a simple,
we'll get back to this more
chord theory and stuff too.
But to make A seven,
[MUSIC]
you just lift that middle that first
finger up, excuse me,
first finger up to hit your G note,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
that's A7,
[MUSIC].
So actually the same chord
shapes that we did in G,
it's gonna applied to all of these,
cuz they all repeat themselves.
So in A, [SOUND] we're
gonna do the same thing
we did down here for
G,
[MUSIC].
But we're gonna do it in A here,
[MUSIC]
and then we'll do it in
a bar code,
[MUSIC].
We're doing the partial,
[MUSIC].
We'll do the C chord shape,
[MUSIC].
So, start on E,
[MUSIC].
We'll do
the A shape
here,
[MUSIC].
Right there,
[MUSIC]
we'll do this,
[MUSIC]
which is the same as down there.
So, that's A.
Now, we'll do D,
[MUSIC].
And the other open one in D starts on D,
and it goes down to C,
[MUSIC].
And then your F note is the blue
note there, so,
[MUSIC]
and C also,
[MUSIC].
So when you hit that low note,
you have to come back up and
hit the D, [SOUND] so,
[MUSIC].
So, there's that.
And then on your
closed position,
your C shape here
[MUSIC].
The A-shape,
[MUSIC].
The bar chord,
[MUSIC]
then you are back down
to here,
[MUSIC].
So, that covers D.
[MUSIC]