Pentatonic Scale made easy (without the five positions)

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  1. Jack Tripper

    Fuck off for making this shit easy to understand!!! But seriously i found ur post really easy and helpful for a dumbass like me!!!

  2. Michael Craig

    It is easy to memorize and play the 5 patterns, still a major difference in knowing it well and making it flow like water, like Duane Allman. That is what i am looking for, to make this stuff sound natural and musical.

  3. Bethany NW

    Excellent demonstration and content– just what I've been looking for. Thank you!

  4. John A Rowe

    Thanks for a really helpful lesson. Can I just ask you what happens when I hold down a G note on the low E string, and then, instead of 2-3-2-3, etc. as you have shown, I play instead 3-2-3-2, etc.? It sounds good but different… is one minor pentatonic and the other major?

  5. Gusdogbrownlab

    I like that. Even though I can play the 5 positions up and down the neck, I tend to get stuck playing in a vertical way. Going to give this a try. Thanks for the lesson.

  6. Dj Burna

    awesome new approach! thank you very much! You deserve more views.

  7. Dale Allen

    I just want to say thank you, it certainly helps me, I subscribed and thanks again!

  8. Steve Douglas

    Excellent Stephan! Very nice lesson that makes perfect sense. I'm basically a fingerpicker, however, I like to try my hand at lead every once in awhile, but I always seem to restrict myself to playing vertically, which like you point out, can be oh so predictable and unimaginative. This is a big, big help and I appreciate you posting it. I just subscribed. Thanks Stephan!!

  9. Kenan Wright

    Great video, thanks! Could you do some videos on how to improvise? especially when to go back to the root notes of the scales. I have subscribes and am eager to learn more 🙂

  10. Casey Skipper

    These patterns allow me to find the scale from anywhere on the fretboard in one night literally and i am new to this scale. That 2,3 rotates diagonally with a small change going from the g to b string and up and down each string if you just skip 2 frets anywhere. Those 5 positions were a little intimidating. I have noticed similar patterns on other scales. Do you have other tricks for other scales? Also what scales do you recommend for a beginner?

  11. Phillip Ziegler

    I got the first pattern but you move pretty fast and I can't really see the second pattern. Are you going up three frets and then two on the E string, then just two up on the A the three and two on the D,etc? I get the two and three but not the number of frets in the three move.

  12. Rick Aaron

    Great approach for someone to get used to moving up or down and getting feel for voicing with purpose, especially us beginner/intermediates. Thank you.

  13. The Silver Transcriber

    simply clever and usefull to cover all the fretboard and not be trapped into "Pentatonic Boxes".
    A kind of Joe Satriani's Lesson 🙂 you look like a bit like Satch when he was younger :-). Thanks a lot Stephan !

  14. Wuiston Medina

    Man, you seem to be so sensitive to what people might think on your approach. You just expose it with no fear. People always will be unsatisfied with everything others do or say. Go ahead!

  15. demigodlike

    Bro, it may not be 'perfect' but this well thought out condensed 2 – pentagon pattern approach is a whole lot easier to remember! Props 👍

  16. Gareth Holton

    great video. as someone who's been playing for half their life and never learnt proper scales, you've just made it a lot more accessible for my tiny brain. thanks!

  17. Doc Tari

    Okay. I'm back. After watching every other rock&roll superstar talking about 5,8,5,8,5,7…. blah blah blah, you are the only person making any sense. Perhaps you would do the world another favour and take this to the next step. Explaining where these Pentatonic's come from, when and why they should be used, how would you expand on this technique, do you use this as the best method of remembering where all the notes on your fretboard are in order to transpose quickly if there is a need to change the key you are playing in, can these be expanded on (some videos try to elaborate on expanding them and I'm lost again because they start counting numbers again and again.

    I know that's a lot to respond to, but could you do everyone a favour, using your same method of clean & simple-to-understand speech, and produce another second video around those questions, using your Keep It Simple method again.

    There are a lot of people out there with a great deal of knowledge. But there is a completely separate skill required to communicate that knowledge. I'm sure that more people could use your training.

    Just remember to call it your next video something like "Pentatonic's for Dummies", or "The Absolute Easiest Way To Understand Pentatonic Scales". And then add lots of meta tags that say "easiest Pentatonic scales" and tags like that so the search engines (Google) will optimize searching to point to your videos. Lots and lots of descriptive metadata text that repeats Pentatonic Scales about 10 times in every paragraph.

    More work goes into writing your metadata description and adding metadata tags then in the video. Remember that the search engine is not searching your voice content yet.
    That's how we will be able to find this and any other video in a vastly growing ocean of videos.

  18. Doc Tari

    That was extremely helpful. I was having troubles grasping this. However, you left one major question unanswered. Why did you start two notes below A then three notes above A?

    Is this a key property of all Pentatonic scales? Two down or three up?

    Thank you in advance for any answer you can provide.

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