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Cello Lessons: G Minor Pentatonic - Scale & Arpeggio

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[MUSIC]
At the end of Blackbird,
there was a short riff
in G Pentatonic minor.
Let's dive into that scale a little more.
The fingering is 0, 2, 4 on the G string.
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And on the D string,
it's the same fingers, O, 2, 4.
Let's go down, 4,
2, O, 4, 2, O.
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Now remember, the Pentatonic scale gets
its name cuz there's only five notes,
instead of the usual seven notes.
So, if we were counting up
the scale degrees of a Major scale,
the Pentatonic minor has
the scale degrees 1, flat 3,
4, 5, flat 7, and
then back to the octave, 1.
8, the octave, flat 7,
5, 4, flat 3, back to 1.
So that's a whole octave
in G Pentatonic minor.
Like we did with G major though,
instead of learning it from root to
root and then doing another octave,
let's find all the notes in G Pentatonic
minor that we can play in first position.
So, we'll play the scale one octave up
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And in order to keep going on
the A string, we're gonna extend
the first finger back to our Bflat.
We played that note in
the D minor scale as well.
So, from fourth finger on the D string,
we're gonna extend back to get Bflat,
which is our flat3,
our third scale degree.
We're gonna keep our extension,
play C with second finger.
We have a whole step between first and
second finger.
And then we're gonna
finish with fourth finger.
Remember, when you have an extension,
bring your left elbow forward,
to support your fourth finger.
So now, with all of our fingers on
the string, we're gonna come down.
We're gonna lift our fourth and
third finger, and then our second finger.
So we're left with just the flat one,
and then we're gonna come back to G.
So those are the notes on the A string.
It's just, extend back 1, 2, 4.
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So let's go down the octave.
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And now we're gonna explore the C string.
After the root, we're gonna go to
the flat7, which is F natural,
which is just a normal fourth finger,
we don't have to extend.
We are fourth finger, and then we're
gonna go down to first finger for
the fifth scale degree.
That's D, and
then the open C is the last note.
It's the fourth scale degree.
So let's play those notes,
O, 1, 4 on the C string.
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Back to G.
So with the drone, I'm gonna play
the whole scale, all the way up and down.
I'm gonna start with the open G, and
then I'm gonna go all the way up to the
top of the A string, and when I come down,
I'm gonna go all the way to the bottom
of the C string, and then back up to G.
[MUSIC]
Down
the C
string.
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You can practice the scale that way,
starting and ending on G and
going down to the C
string only after you've
gone all the way up and
back down to the G.
Try that with the drone and the metronome.
Of course, at whole notes, half notes,
quarters and eighth notes.
The G minor arpeggio leaves
out a couple more notes, so
we just have the root,
the flat third, and the fifth.
It will be the same fingering we had
when we played this minor arpeggio in C,
except we're starting on open G string.
So it's open G, flat2,
and then the open D.
That's our root, third, and fifth.
And we can play the root on top again.
We can do one more octave.
Extend back to the Bflat.
And we end with D on top as well.
Let's go down.
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That's the G
minor arpeggio.
And you can run that through the same
rhythm exercises that you practiced
the scale with.
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