# Finding My Way

duck7264
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01/30/2013 3:13 am
O.K guys, I am going to try to articulate this question the best way I can so please bare with my ignorance. If I am playing an A minor pentatonic scale 5th fret, 5-8, 5-7, 5-7,5-7, 5-8, 5-8 and I slide down three frets that would put me at the A major pent. scale? O K so let's say I'm playing at the 7th fret 7-10,7-9,7-9,7-9,7-10,7-10... is this the B minor pent. scale and if I slid down 3 frets would that put me at the B maj. pent. scale? Hope I was clear enough on this question and if not sorry.

Thanks all,
Duck

P.S. If this theory is correct so that would mean that everywhere on the fret board falls under this rule?
ChristopherSchlegel
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01/30/2013 4:51 pm
Originally Posted by: duck7264
If I am playing an A minor pentatonic scale 5th fret, 5-8, 5-7, 5-7,5-7, 5-8, 5-8 and I slide down three frets that would put me at the A major pent. scale?[/quote]
Yes, as long as you use the same pattern. This fretboard pattern is the 1st "box shape" of the A minor pentatonic scale:
`E ||---|---|---|---|-1-|---|---|-3-|---|---|B ||---|---|---|---|-5-|---|---|-7-|---|---|G ||---|---|---|---|-3-|---|-4-|---|---|---|D ||---|---|---|---|-7-|---|-1-|---|---|---|A ||---|---|---|---|-4-|---|-5-|---|---|---|E ||---|---|---|---|-1-|---|---|-3-|---|---|`
Slide that pattern down 3 frets and it becomes the 1st "box shape" of the A major pentatonic scale:
`E ||---|-6-|---|---|-1-|---|---|---|---|---|B ||---|-3-|---|---|-5-|---|---|---|---|---|G ||---|-1-|---|-2-|---|---|---|---|---|---|D ||---|-5-|---|-6-|---|---|---|---|---|---|A ||---|-2-|---|-3-|---|---|---|---|---|---|E ||---|-6-|---|---|-1-|---|---|---|---|---|`
[QUOTE=duck7264]
If this theory is correct so that would mean that everywhere on the fret board falls under this rule

Yes, you've got the idea. :) Keep any given scale pattern consistent & you can move it around the fretboard at will changing keys.

I cover this topic in depth in this tutorial on pentatonic scales:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=296

This tutorial is all about covering the fretboard with major pentatonic boxes:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=722

This tutorial is all about covering the fretboard with minor pentatonic boxes:

http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=185

Hope this helps. Ask more if necessary. Have fun! :)
Christopher Schlegel
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