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How to Play a Minor Pentatonic Scale on Bass Guitar

Learn how to play the minor pentatonic scale on the bass guitar from musician John Sutton in this online guitar lesson from Howcast.


The pentatonic scale has 5 notes. It's comprised of the first 3 notes, and then, the 5th and 6th note of the minor scale on a bass guitar. We talked about starting the major pentatonic scale on C. The minor pentatonic scale will have the same notes, if we play A minor pentatonic, starting on A, the 5th note of the major C pentatonic scale. If we use the same notes, we get what would be called the A minor pentatonic scale. Now, I'll play for you 2 octave pentatonic scale. And that's how to play the A minor pentatonic scale on the bass guitar.

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