Pentatonics

One String Pentatonic Brutality

August 26, 2011 1 Comment

Today we’ll be studying a metal essential – pentatonic riffs built off the low E string. By using chugging and accents we’ll have a solid foundation for much of the metal out there!

Easy Soloing With Major Pentatonics

August 12, 2011 1 Comment

Soloing can be super easy, and we’ll show you a pattern that is simple to memorize and execute. Guys like The Allman Brothers, Skynyrd, and Boston have even used it!

Sultry Blues Lead – Mixing Major and Minor Pent

August 9, 2011 6 Comments

One of the most important concepts a blues guitarist needs to understand is how to mix major and minor pentatonics to make a solo. Today, we’ll break it down and make it easy.

Playing With the King: Major Pentatonics

August 5, 2011 2 Comments

One key to BB King’s soloing style is his use of major penatonics. In this lesson we’ll break down his scale choice so we too can get his smooth sound!

Zakk Wylde Box Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Now that we have a handle on the Zakk Wylde box we’re going to learn a riff in the style of Zakk Wylde to show how you can use this box in a metal/blues style.

The Zakk Wylde Box

August 2, 2011 2 Comments

The Zakk Wylde box actually consists of several other boxes strung together to give us one area to effortlessly create blistering riffs. We’ll show you how it all works!

SRV Style Riff Using the BB King Box

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Learn a SRV inspired riff using the BB King box in this pentatonic blues lesson.

Queens of the Stone Age Style Hendrix Box Riff

August 2, 2011 No Comments

Today we’ve got a Queens of the Stone Age style riff to get some practice with the Hendrix box. So let’s get started!

Leslie West Style Riff Using the CB Box

August 1, 2011 No Comments

Leslie West of Mountain combines the best of rock and blues, often using pentatonics. We’ll show you a riff in his style to demonstrate the repeated Chuck Berry box.

Joe Bonamassa Clapton Box Riff

July 31, 2011 1 Comment

Now that we understand how the Clapton box works, we’re going to learn a juicy rock blues in the style of Joe Bonamassa to get some practice.

The Hendrix Box

July 28, 2011 No Comments

Today’s pentatonic extension is built off of the root 5 pentatonic scale. This simple 6 note box is home to many of the greatest riffs of all time, so let’s get started.

Cream Style Riff Using Clapton Box

July 27, 2011 No Comments

The Clapton box is known for its low, grungy sound, and many bands, including Cream, have used it to create timeless riffs. We’ll show you how they might use it.

Chuck Berry Style Riff Using CB Box

July 27, 2011 1 Comment

What better way to study the Chuck Berry box than with a Chuck Berry style riff? We’ll show you the rock n’ roll legend would use his own box.

The Chuck Berry Box

July 27, 2011 1 Comment

Time for another pentatonic extension, this one named after the immortal Chuck Berry. Many a great lick can be played using this box, so let’s get started.

The Chuck Berry Box Repeated

July 27, 2011 No Comments

We’re going to learn yet another Chuck Berry box, but this one is mostly used to connect positions. This is super handy and will give you complete fretboard fluency.

Cake Style Zakk Wylde Box Riff

July 27, 2011 No Comments

We’re going to change gears here and learn a super funky, dancy riff in the style of Cake that uses the Zakk Wylde box.

Black Crowes Style BB King Box Riff

July 27, 2011 No Comments

The Black Crowes have a bluesy, old school rock sound and love using pentatonic extensions to create some wailing solos. We’ll show you how.

Peter Frampton Style Pentatonic Riff

July 7, 2011 No Comments

We’ve got another riff to practice root 5 pentatonics, this time it’s in the style of talk-box wiz Peter Frampton.

Gov’t Mule Style Pentatonic Riff

July 7, 2011 1 Comment

In this lesson we’re going to get our southern rock jam band on with a Gov’t Mule inspired root 5 pentatonic lick.

John Scofield Style Pentatonic Riff

July 7, 2011 No Comments

We’re going to practice our root 5 pentatonic scale with a great swinging riff inspired by the jazz great John Scofield.

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