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5th String Root Minor Pentatonic Scale for guitarThis minor pentatonic scale has it’s root note on the 5th ‘A’ string, so if you began your scale at the 3rd fret on the 5th string you would be playing a C minor pentatonic scale.

This is a movable scale so by moving your starting point up and down the 5th string you can play the minor pentatonic scale you want using the same pattern of notes.

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Minor Pentatonic Scale 1

This is the first 2 octave scale you should learn. It is the Minor Pentatonic Scale in position one. The circles with an R in the middle represent the root notes. So if you begin this scale at the fifth fret on the sixth string on your guitar it will be an A minor pentatonic scale. If the first note was on the sixth string at the 12th fret it would be an E minor pentatonic scale.

The vertical lines running down the diagram are the strings on your guitar with the thickest string on the left and the thinnest on the right.

The horizontal lines represent the frets on your guitar.

Each black dot is where you put your fingers.

This is a movable scale moving it to a different part of the fret board changes the key.

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Guitar Bridge. Guitar Anatomy Part 7. This holds the strings in place on the body of the guitar. It also sets the string height at this end of the guitar.

Guitar Bridge
Photo by Steve Wampler

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Guitar Pickup. Guitar Anatomy part 6. The pickups sends to strings vibrations turn it into an electrical signal and send it to the amp. The front pickup is called the neck pickup and has a warm tone. The back pickup is the bridge pickup up and has a sharper more cutting tone.

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Guitar Frets, Guitar anatomy part 5. These are metal strips set into the fretboard. Placing your finger between the frets and pushing down effectively shortens the string giving you a higher note.

Guitar Fret
Photo by Mark Hillary

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Guitar Fretboard Guitar Anatomy Part 4.

This is the piece of wood on top of the neck where the frets are hammered in. This is where you place your fingers to fret notes.

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The Guitar Nut. Guitar Anatomy Part 3.

This is a strip of bone or plastic at the joint between the headstock and the fret board. It has grooves which guide the strings and set their height at one end. pbguitars.co.uk

guitar nut

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head stock

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The Guitar headstock. Guitar Anatomy part 2.

This Anchors the strings and holds the tuning pegs (machine heads).

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Tuning pegs or machine heads on your guitar. Anatomy of your guitar part 1.

head stock

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They let you tune the strings.

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Chords are three or more notes played together (two notes played together is called an interval).

Lets take the C major chord as an example.

The notes in the C major scale are;

C      D      E      F           A      B      C       lets give each  note in the scale a number.

1       2            4            6      7      8

All major chords contain 3 notes (often with a guitar chord you are playing all six strings when you strum a chord but that just means some / or all of the 3 notes in that chord are being played on more than one string).

If you take the  1, 3 & 5 notes from the major scale then you will have the three notes needed for the C major chord ir. C   E   G.

NOW HERE IS THE IMPORTANT BIT. You can use the same idea to work out any major chord.

For example.

The A major scale is

A      B      Csharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    D      E      Fsharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    Gsharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn    A

1        2      3        4      5      6         7         8

So if we take the 1,3 & 5 notes we get the three notes needed for the A major chord (A      Csharp How to Read Music   Definitions to Help You Learn     E).

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