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Rock Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Recap

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All right, congratulations.
We've done some amazing things together
with the pentatonic scale.
Lots of bending, lots of phrasing, lots of
syncopations.
Lots of playing quiet and loud, muting,
controlling so many things,
controlling all the chaos with both hands
with our muting techniques.
We really have control of the pentatonic
scale now, and
I'm pretty excited about that because it's
a great scale.
Now, I wanna just review some great things
you can do with it.
Let's take a look at the string skipping
lick, which goes.
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All right,
the first two notes, you're string
skipping.
And, when I first tried to play this.
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I almost couldn't find that second note
because, you know, I was so used to going.
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You know, just sort of going note by note,
through the pentatonic scale.
You know, almost like if it's a ladder,
you know,
I'm just used to going note by note, and
not skipping any.
But this particular example,
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goes right from the root to the fifth,
you know, one, two, three, four, five.
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That's the interval.
And there's no notes in between,
it goes right from the root to the fifth
with a string skip.
After that,
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it just does our usual good notes
from the pentatonic scale.
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And we're doing our rhythmic bends and
our pull-off,
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and then straight down the scale.
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Now that's a cool phrase.
One, two, three, four.
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Lot's of syncopations in there.
All right, the next one I wanna show you,
this one is very very, very rhythmic.
It's got a lot of stops in it and a lot of
rhythmic bends.
Let's check it out.
One, two, three, four.
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That is cool.
Now, for all the first notes of that,
we're bending up and
we, we don't even know what we're playing
yet cuz we haven't heard it.
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And hopefully you've been up to that exact
right pitch, that whole step,
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but the trick is to
memorize that motion so you can just hit
it.
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And have and then drop it.
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All right, so.
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And back up.
Almost like slide guitar, you know.
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All right, so you can simulate slides,
simulate a vocal.
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And
I'm gonna do the same thing with the
fifth.
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A fifth.
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And then I do,
this is kind of a cool trick with
pentatonic.
If you take your pentatonic shapes, and
just move them down three frets,
you get a major version, major key version
of pentatonic.
And you can hear how that still sounds
good over that A.
So here's the A minor one that we've been
playing.
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If we move that shape down three frets.
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Those notes still sound pretty good.
So, I'm gonna take the same lick that
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and do it here.
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And, in blues and a lot of rock songs,
that sounds really nice because it has the
major third.
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Which we've been doing with when we
combine both those thirds.
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It matches that chord exactly.
So this is a cool way of sort of having a
blues texture,
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and I'm gonna end this by going.
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And that's with our pinky,
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and then a bent.
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And the rhythm of that is very syncopated.
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That is a great lick.
So I want you to explore pentatonic, and
when you do, I want you to think about it.
Not just the notes.
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But
what kind of rhythms can you put in there?
You know, what kind of syncopations?
What kind of stops?
You know, sometimes it's really popular
just to stop and
just wait until you wanna hear another
note, you're gonna go.
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You know those stops are really dramatic,
and it takes a lot of control to do that.
You have to make sure that your, your gear
is set up right, you know,
if it's too much distortion you're gonna
have a hiss and a hum and, and feedback so
you have to have like sort of a medium
amount of dis, of distortion.
Not too much.
And, you, you've gotta just be able to
hear those phrases as they come.
And to, to me that's the goal of guitar
playing,
is to able to just play what you hear.
And the more you play the pentatonic
scale,
the more you'll get used to the sounds and
where they're located.
You can start to scat with it, you know?
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Na da da.
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Na na na na.
Let me do it the other way.
I'll go bamp, bamp, bamp, bamp.
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Bamp bamp bam bow.
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Bamp bow,
bamp bow, bamp.
So that's a great goal to really get a
scale where it's useful for improvising.
And the more you play it, the more all
those notes and where they are and
what they sound like will get so natural
that you'll just be able to sing them and
play them and really have an
indestructible scale to work with.
So, I'm very proud of you for coming this
far.
And again any of the stuff that you like
or
that you're having trouble with, please
make a video of yourself.
I'll check it out.
I'll give you advice and ideas for how to
improve it, or or I'll just tell
you that it's great cuz I have a feeling
you're gonna do this stuff really well.
And check out the other students, what
they've done.
And I can't wait to watch you play some
awesome, pentatonic licks.
Thank you very much.
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