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The pentatonic minor and major scales are really a thing a beauty. They work incredibly well as a lead-playing device, in many different circumstances. This video demonstrates several different chord progressions, keys, and tonalites, and compares the effects of pentatonic major versus minor in them.

The result might be unexpected depending on your understanding of theory. Hopefully by the end of this video, you will have a better idea of when you can and can’t (or should and shouldn’t) be rocking out in one of these scales.

A few things to note- when adding a b3 to a major chord like we talk about here, it’s best to refer to it as a #9. Chords and keys shouldn’t mix thirds, but it’s okay to have an augmented ninth or second as a color tone.

Also, I’m never happy with my improvising and there’s quite a bit of it in this video. But I did really enjoy the way the blues sections came out for this video, I stumbled across just the right settings in my DAW to get a killer tone that has eluded me for a long time. I think that inspired some of the tastier playing I’ve got to show off on this channel.

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Jake Lizzio

After performing in highschool bands and talent shows, I began teaching during my Senior Year in highschool at Crystal Lake South in 2004.

I went on to teach at Piano Trends Music Company in Crystal Lake, and there I began expanding my skills outside of just the guitar and began performing for weddings and private events. After leaving to teach privately, I began recording my students and myself.

This hobby eventually turned into a profession after I acquired the experience and equipment needed to produce quality audio and music. My goal now is to provide the highest quality online music lessons available and within reach to all who are interested.

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Music Theory and Songwriting Course FAQs

Probably! Only about 15% of this course is dedicated to the guitar, while the remaining concepts are taught in a way that can easily be applied to any other instrument. However, since all the theory taught is viewed through the lens of the guitar, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that you own a guitar before pursuing this course to finish.
This is not a course on guitar playing or technique, but on theory and songwriting. The only skills you are expected to know is how to read guitar tablature, and the absolute basics of guitar playing (how to fret a note, open chords, etc)
I can confidently say that this method of learning will be more effective and valuable for many types of students. Since there is no wasted time or filler, it is more time-efficient than real life lessons where the teacher or student can get distracted. The printable materials are of a higher quality than most private lessons. And the ability to replay a lesson over and over is invaluable for students struggling to understand difficult topics.
Not quite- my YouTube channel explores more advanced topics without explaining the prerequisites. 95% of the content in this course is totally unique and unexplored on my channel, and is taught in a linear fashion as to make sure you’re totally competent by the end. There are only two lessons that include cross over with my YouTube channel. However, after some lessons, you are directed to specific YouTube videos I’ve produced to help expand on your understanding of the previous topics and to help weave my channel in with the course.
Nope! Once purchased you’ll have access for life, including any additional lessons or worksheets that get added in over time.
Currently, no. But I am working on getting a physical version of the course made instead of digital-only. Stay tuned!
If you are not satisfied with the course content or accessibility, you may request a refund within 30 days of purchase.
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