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How to Play a Major Pentatonic Scale in Country Guitar

Learn how to play a major pentatonic scale in country guitar from musician Boo Reiners in this Howcast video.


Pentatonic scales in country music can lend the melody a certain sweet
quality. In the key of G, we could take the two octaves of the G major
scale and gap those scales. In other words, we'll take a few notes out.
Instead of having seven notes, we're going to have five notes. That's where
the name pentatonic comes from. I'm going to start with this G note on the
first string and I'm just going to work my way across from the first string to
the sixth string.

I'm going to go back up. I'm going to ascend.

As I mentioned, the major pentatonic scale is basically a major scale with
a couple of notes missing. For the example we just did in the key of G,
we've got the tonic note, G, we've got A, B, D, E and that's it. Then, we
go up to the next octave, G, A, B, D, E, G.

That's an example of using the major pentatonic scale in the key of G,
which is real common in a lot of country music. Just mess around with that.
I think you'll find that it's pretty easy to get a hold of.

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