E Minor & Major Pentatonic Licks

E Minor & Major Pentatonic Licks is a free guitar lesson by Peter Vogl. We'll start by reviewing the E Minor Pentatonic Scale at the 12th fret and then move on to the E Major Pentatonic Scale at the 9th fret. Next, you will learn four licks that come from these scales. Peter will first demonstrate the licks and then teach them to you with note by note instruction. We're playing the licks over "Funk in E", which is track 10 from the Let's Jam! Blues and Rock. To get the tabs for this lesson click here.

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Let’s first review the E Minor Pentatonic Scale at the 12th fret. Notice the first note you play is an E.

E Minor Pentatonic Scale

The E Major pentatonic scale starts at the the 9th fret. Notice it is exactly the same scale, but at the 9th fret. In this case, the pinky hits an E on the 6th string.

E Major Pentatonic Scale

This makes it easy to find both scales. E Minor Pentatonic starts on an E. When playing E Major Pentatonic the pinky hits an E. We can use both scales whenever we are playing in a Major key and the song suits it. For example, a Blues, Funk, o Rock tune in E Major. On the contrary, you want to think twice about before using the minor pentatonic scale in a ballad. Use your ear and discretion.

Lick 1 comes from the Major Scale. Lick 2 is exactly the same but in the minor position.

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Lick 3 again uses the Major Scale and we'll play the the same thing in the minor position for Lick 4.

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