Pentatonic Jam Track for Beginners

We are going to learn to jam to the a pentatonic alternative rock Jam track available on the site. It's a pretty simple jam. It really only consists of four different power chords.  We've got an A power chord A G and E... Watch the video to learn more.


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We are going to learn to jam to the a pentatonic alternative rock Jam track available on the site.

It's a pretty simple jam. It really only consists of four different power chords.

We've got an A power chord A G and E.

And then later on for the bridge section. We have an f and that's about it. So if you think of all those notes, they're all in the a minor scale that makes it pretty easy for us to jam over the top of this using a minor or a pentatonic minor since this is the beginners lesson. We're going to go straight into the pentatonic minor scale, I think. A little easier to use so what we do is we find a on our sixth string that's going to be right here on the 5th fret once I found a I can actually play my pentatonic minor scale just by doing this and you've probably seen this a hundred times. Hopefully if not, the shape is available online. We're doing pentatonic minor the very first shape.

So now that we found it, what I'm going to do is I'm just going to hit the track. I'm going to hit play and I'm really going to just experiment with maybe just these notes Here. We're just the top four strings.

I want to hear what those sound like when I play on top of the alternative rock Jam track and what I'm going to try and do before I hit play. I'm going to just try and stay on the quarter notes or on the eighth note. So I'm gonna listen to that beat and I'm going to try and play notes on every one of those beats might not even be that interesting. But at least it'll work it'll at least be musical.

But this first time it might sound a little boring.

Let's give it a try though.

All right.

Okay, so then actually work right. I mean it was a little slow. It might have been a little uninteresting. But hey, at least it sounded musical right? It was in the right key and everything.

So I think the next step what we want to do is start adding in some bends once you've played around with a scale a little bit and experiment are going over the entire thing one easy way to start adding some flavor into your solo is to start bending bending is difficult.

It's hard to do it correctly, but you don't have to do it correctly and rock and roll. Sometimes you can just sound nasty and a good note to start with that is On the third string if you're playing down the scale.

This note with our ring finger is going to be the seventh fret on the third string. That's a note that you can get away with bending a little bit and it sounds good or you can bend it a lot and it still sounds good. So a whole step Bend is much higher and much harder to play on a half step Bend is easier and just sounds nastier.

So if I start adding that in I'm also going to try and add in some hammer-ons and pull-offs this time around like that or and just by combining these four strings of the pentatonic minor scale a little bit. Then on the third string and a little bit of hammer-on and pull-off. I'll actually have something that sounds like a guitar solo.

So one more time here.

All right, cool.

Now it's a little Bland but it's got something going for it this time the next step to bring this up a notch, obviously when you take one of these new Concepts like that like adding in a band you should really experiment using that bend through the entire Jam track just kind of overdo. It really put in more bones than anybody wants. But at least get you used to doing it and you'll get some experience in how it sounds over different parts of the song as well.

The next step would be adding in other notes of the a minor scale right now. We're just working with a A tonic minor that's only five notes. So we were using a CD Eng but a minor also has some other notes in there and we're just going to use the rest of those will put the whole thing in there. So here's the full a minor scale a the that's a no we weren't playing before cdef is a know we weren't playing before and we can continue through G the shape. I'll be using is five seven eight five seven eight five seven nine five seven five six eight. Five seven eight.

ABCDEFG That's a so when I can do is I can start grabbing some of these notes out of the minor scale and injecting them into my guitar solo, but I'm going to try and kind of hang everything around on pentatonic minor. So most of what I'll be doing will be the pentatonic minor scale and I'm still going to try and focus on just those four strings. I like those four strings and then occasionally, I'll maybe I'll grab this note that be and I'll see how that sounds I'll also maybe try and grab this F and hear how that fits into the game as well. So now Pentatonic plus a little bit of the minor scale. Let's hear what that sounds like.

Cool way better much more interesting.

I mean that alone just put a little color into the entire thing Pentatonix get kind of dull and boring after a while. So by just adding a little bit of that minor scale you can do yourself a lot of favors one little easy shape to kind of remember it's something I rely on a lot is when you're in pentatonic up here on the first two strings.

This this high note is a see but right underneath it is your ring finger on that be that's one of the notes will be grabbing from our our natural minor scale. So you can basically think of playing your pentatonic scale but adding in this Ring finger, don't you get a little bit of that minor flavor there right there on that and then of course the other note right here.


So that's a good place to start off on jamming with this track use your a pentatonic scale in your first position very very simple and use your a minor scale. There's a lot of shapes you can use I showed you the shape that I prefer to use and you know when you try and learn a new technique or you're trying to learn Scale really give yourself time to absorb it. So I would do this dozens of times literally just play with the song over and over and over again. You're going to make a lot of mistakes things are going to sound bad, but that'll be your reminder to not do them again. That's how your brain works. There's going to be some moments that really sound good and those are the kind of things you want to keep shooting for so it helps to record yourself and take a listen. You can be a little bit more honest with how you're playing is if you listen to it because it's hard to judge when you're in the moment. They're improvising.

So I'll do another one of these because this Jam track could be a lot more complicated than just pentatonic minor so I will have another one of these. He's up soon. So you can see with the advanced method of sewing over something like this would be.


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