[quote=“grathan, post:15, topic:5352”]I’ve decided to get out of the pentatonic funk that I am in. Ac I wish you were closer, maybe I could mail some beer?
Here is my game plan so far:
1.) Gather a bunch of backing tracks in varying keys, so far I have Gm, Am, E, Dm
2.) learn all the shapes, practice them in ascending/descending 3rds and 4ths
3.)Improvise to the backing tracks, forcing myself out of the familiar patterns, also focusing my phrases around the root notes. At least trying to end every phrase on a different root location.[/quote]
The best tool for practicing in different keys and beats is the Boss DR-880. You can do key changes on the fly.
Do you know the C,A,G,E, and D major chords in the open position? If you do, based on the CAGED system, you already know the five pentatonic patterns and can unlock the entire fretboard.
From there, add a flattened fifth and you’ll have the blues scale.
Add two notes to the pentatonic and you’ll have the major scale.
From the major scale, raise the third a half step and you’ll know the harmonic minor scale.
If you learn the major scale for upward runs and use the harmonic minor scale for descending runs, that’s the melodic minor scale.
Basically I’m saying that these are all rooted in the pentatonic scale. Think of it as a skeleton.
Once you know the major scale, you can start constructing chords without having to know their fancy names.