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Major Pentatonic, it’s a sound we’ve all heard many times throughout our lives. It’s the happy counterpart to the Minor Pentatonic scale. A diverse range of bands from the Eagles to Van Halen have used this scale to craft unforgettable melodic solos. The problem is, major Pentatonic can’t be played the same way the Minor Pentatonic can. Our stock minor riffs just won’t work in major pentatonic because they don’t resolve in the same way. That’s exactly why I created this course.
In this level one course, we start at the very beginning. The first section includes an in depth look at the major pentatonic scale in all five positions. I also give you a new set of licks that get you using the scale the right way. You’ll see how to resolve your licks correctly and melodically by targeting chord tones within the scale. Licks and demonstrations will be shown in all five positions so you can effectively use each scale position and gain effortless access to the whole fretboard.
Our next step together is to chain the positions together and add feel. This is the real world application of what you learned in the first section. When you use vibrato, bends, position shifting, and a targeting of the chord tones together, expressive melodic solos are only a pick stroke away.
Finally, it all comes together when we apply our new melodic lick ideas over 5 professionally recorded jam tracks! Each song has two sections, a verse and a chorus. Each verse and chorus have three examples of how to play over the chord changes in those sections.
Since this is a level one course, there’s a greater concentration on easier and more effective ways to be melodic. You’ll use more sliding instead of bends, easy hammer-on and pull-off riffs, and simple double stop licks to help you create solid melodic content. Until your finger strength and technical abilities are built up, we’ll concentrate on slower playing with an emphasis on feel. Taking a less is more approach to soloing you’ll be able to quickly progress into playing more challenging and complex phrases.
By the time you’re done with this course, I guarantee you’ll be able to comfortably solo over major chord progressions. Not only that, you’ll have the confidence of knowing where all the target notes (the ones that really count) are all over the guitar neck. This gives you the freedom to create your own memorable ear catching solos!
With over 6 hours and thirty minutes of lessons, you’ll have months of instruction at your finger tips.
Tabs and jam tracks included.
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