Here is a Great Pentatonic Lick that YOU Need to Know!

A great lick that not only helps you get more acquainted with the pentatonic scale, but also work on finger positioning, slides, pull offs, timing, etc.

The lick is in A minor, or C Major, Pentatonic. It works as either.

This exercise works as a great warmup (like the Diagonals I wrote about earlier). But also, maybe even more important, it also helps with your accuracy and speed (although, accuracy should always be a priority over speed).

Grab the TAB here to follow along. There will be 4 different sequences to work on. Don’t worry, they aren’t complicated!

Chromatic 16ths TAB

Here is how it works:

  1. ​Assign 1 finger to a fret. In my example, pointer is on the 5th fret, middle on the 6th, ring on the 7th, pinky on the 8th (although you can do this starting on any fret).
  2. Use alternate picking. This is real important. As you move through faster metronome speeds, just down picking will be become very difficult. Your picking hand should be in a constant up/down motion.
  3. As always, make sure your technique is right. If it isn’t, don’t continue until you have it. Thumb and wrist positions need to be correct. Use your finger tips. No body english. Good posture. Arm off of leg. Guitar is at a good angle.
  4. Set your metronome to a slow tempo. This will vary for everyone, so find a tempo that is easy for you to start with. If you aren’t sure, start at 60 bpm and see how that feels.
  5. Look at the TAB and work on Sequence 1. The notes always ascend on each string as you move from the low string to the hi one and back.
  6. Then go to Sequence 2, then 3, then 4. Some will be more difficult than others.
  7. Here is where the real magic happens: you will eventually find a tempo where you fail and it is real difficult. That is your breaking point and is where you should practice most.
  8. Soon you will master that tempo, then move up in 8 bpm increments. Make sure your notes sound clean before you move on.
  9. When you come back to start again, start slow to warm up. Notch it down about 16 bpm below the breaking tempo. Then work your way back up.
  10. This isn’t a race. Take your time. Move as slow as needed. I guarantee you will get to your destination faster by moving slow. Remember the tortoise and the hare. You wanna be the tortoise.

Thanks for watching the lesson!
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