The Problem with The 4 Frets Pentatonic Pattern
The 4 frets pentatonic scale box on the 5th fret is a handy and easy pattern that everybody should know.
It allows playing rock and blues lines in a comfortable position.
But there is a problem.
If you have spent enough time on this shape, you should have noticed that it traps you in its 4 frets box.
Probably you found yourself playing the same things again and again, driven by muscle memory and not by your inner melodic sense.
In this quick tutorial, we're going to see how to use the pentatonic scale across all the fretboard, transforming the pentatonic box shape in an extended pattern that will give you more freedom and options.
Have a look at the video above or at the images below to learn this easy trick.
This is our well known pentatonic box at fret 5th
This is the classic pattern that every beginner solo guitarist knows.
Expanding the box
We just have to copy a scale fragment (b7 1 b3 and 4) one octave down and one octave up.
We can shift up and down the neck now
Now we can play our pentatonic also moving horizontally on the fretboard.
Last step: adding two more notes
Finally, we add to the pattern the Fifth, below on the 6th string and on the 1st string.
That's all! now you can play furious pentatonic runs literally up and down the neck. Don't forget to subscribe to get updates and free guitar pdf.