Welcome to the essentials course part one! During these first 5 lessons of the intermediate lead course, we will be covering a lot of ground to make sure you are up to speed for intermediate guitar playing! We will be looking at the 5 shapes of the pentatonic scale and how to move them into various different keys. Some of this you may already know, other parts will be new, but by completing this course you will be definitely ready to tackle the tricker lessons that are coming next!
To kick off our intermediate course, we need to learn all of our pentatonic shapes, and we will begin with the first 3 shapes which are pictured below. We will learn them in the key of A minor to start with. The three shapes can be found in the fretboard diagrams.
Let’s now add shapes 4 and 5 to our collection. Once again, we are learning them in the key of A minor. Be sure to visualise the shapes rather than specific frets. After shape 5, the shapes just start all over again with shape 1. You will often see players jump from shape 1 at the low part of the neck to shape 1 twelve frets up where it starts all over again!
To put our 5 shapes into practice, we will use this fun exercise! Remember to visualise the shapes as you go through the exercise and try to keep up with the beat. By playing along with the beat, you will learn the shapes more quickly and more completely. Take a look at the fretboard diagrams for the 5 shapes.
The idea behind ‘airports’ on the fretboard is to give you a easy way to quickly find certain pentatonic shapes without having to necessarily move through them in order. There are times where you may want to kick your solo off in shape 4, for example, and this technique will help you do that! We learn this by attributing certain shapes to certain root notes. Here is the process described in the video:
Take a look at the fretboard diagrams to see these steps a little more clearly.
This video is all about putting the 'airports' theory into practice in various different keys over different backing tracks. To help you out, we have provided you with 5 backing tracks in different keys as well as the correct airport's pentatonic shapes via our fretboard diagram.
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