Pentatonic Scale Shift A minor to C Major

In this lesson, Charlie will show us how to play a couple of scales; the A minor and the C Major scales.

The diagrams below shows the position of the fingers on the strings to play the notes of these two scales.

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We're going to take a look at two scale shapes: the A minor pentatonic scale and the C major pentatonic scale. We are going to join those two shapes together. When we learn our scale shapes, we basically learn them in blocks. What we're going to do is take the two scale shapes and combine them. And I'm going to give you a little exercise that takes you from the A minor shape into the C Major shape, from the C Major shape back to the A minor shape.

Starting off with our A minor pentatonic scale, starting on the fifth fret with our first finger, we're playing our A to our C which is
1 - 4 then,
1 - 3 on our A string,
1 - 3 on our D string,
1 - 3 on our G,
1 - 4 on our B,
1 - 4 on our E ...

The first thing you need to do is work on that ... ascending ... and descending.

Now sliding up to our eighth fret, using our second finger on our eighth fret, we now go:
2 - 4,
1 - 4,
1 - 4,
1 - 3 ... shift (to 9th fret) to
1 - 3 and,
1 - 3

Practice that scale being our C pentatonic... ascending... and descending...

Make sure when you are playing through your scale shapes that you are using alternate picking, it's basically one note down, next note up, next note down, next note up, etc...

Ok, we're going to have a look at those two scale shapes shifting from one to the other. I'm going to start on my A minor pentatonic scale shape ascending ... and shifting into my C major pentatonic scale ... now ascending into my C Major pentatonic scale, and shifting back into my A minor pentatonic scale ...

The thing we are trying to achieve here is a nice even transition from one scale shape to the other. Make sure that you work hard on your alternate picking and that will enable you to build up your speed. Good luck with it, have fun and we'll see you next time.

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