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How To Play Jazz Guitar - Pentatonic Jazz Guitar Scales

If you're looking to learn how to play jazz guitar, then sooner or later you will need to learn some guitar scales. In this jazz guitar lesson, we'll go over a very useful scale in jazz guitar playing that is more commonly used amongst rock and blues guitarists: the pentatonic scale.

The word “pentatonic” comes from the Greek word pente meaning five and tonic meaning tone (remember the 70's band Pentangle consisting of guitarists Bert Jansch and John Renbourn!). The pentatonic scale consists of five notes within one octave and you'll often hear it referred to as a five-note or five-tone scale. 

In this video, jazz guitar teacher Andreas Oberg breaks down how the C Major / A Minor pentatonic scale works across the fretboard.  Using alternate picking, he shows how to play pentatonic scales in different positions and in different octaves.

In Andreas’ Online Guitar School you'll find hundreds of full length jazz guitar lessons for beginners on mastering scales including:

  • Major and Minor Chord Shapes
  • Bar Chords
  • Sevenths
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Pentatonic Scales and Arpeggios
  • Seventh Arpeggios

But the best thing about Andreas' online guitar lessons  is that you can submit videos of your playing and he will review them and respond with a personalized video giving you feedback on YOUR playing.  

So head over to to check out the free guitar lessons and learn more about how it works!

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