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The Major Pentatonic Scale

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The use of open strings also works well with the major pentatonic scale. This motion creates a nice fluidity that works in the favor of rhythm and lead guitar playing. It is important when exploring open string scales to utilize the open strings as ringing "over tones" into the next notes. This again creates a new sound all it's own unique to guitar and creates an almost, sustaining effect similar to a piano. Using a C major pentatonic scale, we are going to explore this idea using two different patterns. One being the open position scale, the other being up the A string while playing any available open strings as well.

The notes in the C major pentatonic scale are:

Now that you have this idea under your fingers, let's apply it in the style of Steve Kimock.

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The Major Pentatonic Scale