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The Minor Pentatonic Extended Guitar Scale for Finger Dexterity

  This is a very easy scale to master and one that does not call for a lot of finger
dexterity.  But it will be a good foundation for your playing and finger development. The charts
are from Cyberfret.  
 
e|-0-----0-  
B|-0-----0-  
G|-0---0---  
D|-0---0---  
A|-0---0---  
E|-0-----0
 
Here is the Minor Pentatonic Scale for E in the open position. 
This is a great place to start your pentatonic playing but it takes little finger
dexterity and will not give you the variety you need to play complete solos.  However, 
the open position scale is awesome for creating licks and fills because the open strings
add that additional note to your riffs without having to use another finger.  You can quickly 
develop your speed with the open scale by using the hammer on and pull off techniques. 

But now you will want to go a step further and extend this scale further up the neck. 

Here is the E minor pentatonic scale that covers a range of three octaves from the first fret
all the way up to the 12th fret.  This scale is great for playing the blues and other rock
songs and you can play a variety of riffs all over the neck.  This is a simple scale
but you will look professional by knowing how to apply it over three octaves.

e|-------------------------------10-12-  
B|-----------------------8-10-12-------  
G|-------------------7-9---------------  
D|-------------5-7-9-------------------  
A|---------5-7-------------------------  
E|-0-3-5-7----------------------------- 
 
As you practice and as you continue to build your finger dexterity take note of the patterns and 
shapes that you see with in the scale.  These shapes are how you will begin to develop your phrases
patterns within the over all pentatonic scale.  The pentatonic scales are easy to play but it is 
a good idea to practice using your pinkie finger and middle finger as well to increase you
finger dexterity.  It might not be important with this scale but as you move to more complex
 
Take not of a few of the fingerings and work on the scale in short phrases.  This will 
increase your creativity and allow you to memorize the notes.   
 --------  
B|-------------  
G|-------------  
D|---------5-7-  
A|-----5-7-----  
E|-5-7---------    


e|---------  
B|---------  
G|-----7-9-  
D|-7-9-----  
A|---------  
E|--------- 


e|-------10-12-  
B|-10-12-------  
G|-------------  
D|-------------  
A|-------------  
E|-------------

e|----------  
B|-----8-10-  
G|-7-9------  
D|----------  
A|----------  
E|---------- 
 
Practice Sessions
You can practice these scales running in both directions while incorporating a few licks and
phrases into the mix.  I always think it is best for your creativity to try and come up 
with your own licks and riffs right from the start.  You will begin to get a feel for what fits
and what does not fit into the music and you will be a more natural re player than if you 
spend a lot of time copies the licks of other players.  There are a few riffs that are classic
and that you will want to learn at some point but don't be afraid to start developing your owns phrases
and chops that will be uniquely yours and part of your signature style. 

I have shown you the E minor pentatonic scale but you can easily move this scale around the neck 
to play in other keys.  You can also start to work on your finger dexterity by combining the patterns 
without having to slide your hand to reach the next note.  If you want to play the pentatonic minor 
scale in the key of G all you have to do is start complete sequence on the 6th string  3rd fret 
which is G.  The pattern or distances between notes stays the same so you now have the tools to 
learn all the minor pentatonic scales. 

Start practicing and start building your finger dexterity and you will be jamming in no time.  
 
 
 

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