Using Pentatonic to Improve Technique

Playing sloppy? Here's a solution... start ripping through these Minor Pentatonic drills to improve your left and right hand co-ordination. 

They'll help you gain better performance, higher clarity and best of all they'll pump up your skills for developing more speed...

Building speed is not just for guitar players who want to play fast and look good (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Building speed is also fantastic for pretty well every other aspect of developing accurate guitar playing.

Once you’ve got good technique and finger dexterity everything else that you play becomes easier. From rhythm playing to soloing and everything else in between. As you improve your clarity and skills for fast playing your overall ability on the guitar just gets better and better.

I’ve organized three exercises that will help you build up speed and also help you get a good grip on your pentatonic scale so you can learn to play them even better than before.

Go through each exercise slowly a couple of times before you try to speed up.

Set with a slow tempo on your metronome and when you feel comfortable enough gradually increase the tempo higher and higher. Begin at around 60 b.p.m. and strive for an initial goal of making it to 100 b.p.m. on the metronome.

Play as accurate as possible and make sure to keep your notes clear and clean.

Try to avoid accidentally hitting any extra sounding notes (unwanted tones) that aren’t supposed to be there. Try muting any strings you don’t want to hear with either your left hand or right hand.

Practice these drills with a clean tone on your amp, try them with palm muting, without palm muting, with distortion and also on an acoustic guitar. Move them to other Pentatonic patterns and extend them along and across the neck.

EXERCISE #1). A Minor Pentatonic Straight 8th-Note Sequencing

 EXERCISE #2). A Minor Pentatonic 8th-Note Triplet Sequencing

 EXERCISE #3). A Minor Pentatonic Straight 16th-Note Sequencing



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