Rock Improvisation Level Three

Pentatonic Major Scales

Today's lesson focuses on the 5 major pentatonic scale forms. These forms are the main scales used in rock, blues, metalร‚ย  and country music, so it is essential that you learn them thoroughly.

We will be using these scale forms in the coming lessons along with the Understanding Keys Lesson material to form a complete picture of Pentatonics in every key all over the guitar neck.

Try to follow the picking indication from the video for now and don't forget the PDf download for the lesson as well.

Major Pentatonic Scale Forms PDF

The next lesson will focus on alternate picking exercises using the Pentatonic Scale Forms. Stay tuned!!

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Pentatonic Major Scales


  1. GEORG P WEYAND says:

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  4. J.Francois bonet darcy says:

    Thank you Carl……your guitar playing is superb and you are a great teacher. Just a simple question…… you’re using a pick in these demonstrations but if I wanted to remain strickly fingerstyle with these scales, would I use thumb and middle finger to execute the scales?


  5. Peter Dorzhinov says:

    Hi Carl,
    Thank you so much for the lessons!
    I’ve found out that there is no 4th position in the pdf file, there only root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. Has the 4th positions been intentionally omitted or it’s just a typo?

  6. Collin Skyers says:

    Hi Carl. Will you be doing something on Minor pentatonic visualisation similar to the Major you already have ?

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