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WICKED PENTATONICS: DEVELOPING EXCELLENT LEGATO
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Regular, habitual practice is vital to increasing your musical potential. Excellent articulation involves understanding sound and techniques that lead to flawless execution. The following examples below include legato, alternate picking, and economy picking. The fretting hand fingers are also included for building strength and stretching across the fretboard.
CHORD POOL: QUADRUPLE YOUR FINGERINGS!
"Chord pool" is a concept that outlines additional harmonies and shapes which could replace or substitute for the main chord. Each figure related to the root chord can substitute in place of the harmony. An example of this would be playing G 6/9 in place of Gmaj7. Another example would be to play a Gm9 in place of a Gm7. In most harmonic scenarios, commercial guitarists use this standard practice to add, subtract, or substitute harmony and color.
Good to Know for the Church Guitarist!
If you are experienced with basic open chords, additional open chords with great color are typically right under your fingers! The chords have been reshaped into movable inversions, which can add unique harmonic color, interest, and enjoyment to the audible sound. Learn the proper fingerings below and how they relate to the parent chord shape; they’re always one-to-two strings away!
PENTATONIC BOXES & RELATED CHORDS
The Minor Pentatonic may be the most recognized scale in commercial guitar. These five patterns (also called “boxes”) are staples in all commercial styles of guitar soloing, improvisation, and riffs (A riff is a series of repeated notes in a rhythmic fashion.) Follow the fingerings for each pattern precisely. The tonality is movable if we move the scale patterns to any other fret; memorize the root of each shape as the patterns are in A Minor. For example, move the 2nd A minor pentatonic pattern (fifth fret) to the eighth fret, and you will perform a C minor pentatonic - in conjunction with the C minor bar chord: this concept is also movable. Consequently, the pentatonic patterns reflect minor chords, including their chord inversions.