Modal Target Notes With Pentatonics Pt.1 – Guitar Lesson

In this free video guitar lesson you will learn an extremely simple way to improvise with modes without having to know anything but basic pentatonic scales.

The key to modal target notes is to know what note in each individual mode gives it it's unique sound and then add that note to a familiar pentatonic shape as a target note.

After watching this video you will see just how simple this method can be. You will be freely soloing with modes all over the fretboard in no time without having to learn different scale forms for each mode.

In this video I will describe the process of why the target notes work the way they do and demonstrate how to create modal improvisations with this extremely simple method.

Be sure to download the TAB PDF for this lesson below since it has all the diagrams you will need to follow along with the video more easily.

Modal Target Notes With Pentatonics Pt.1 TAB PDF Download

Hope you guys enjoy this method. Cheers! Carl..

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Modal Target Notes With Pentatonics Pt.1


  1. Kevin on May 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Great lesson! I love it when I find lessons that are clear, easy to pick up, and have a short learning curve. Thanks!

  2. Tom James on July 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I have to say how much I appreciate this site. I just started playing again after not touching a fretboard for a long time. But watching how well you break these styles down into elements I can get my fingers around–intentional pun–gives me the confidence to push through the “I’ve got blisters on me fingers!” period. Thanks!

  3. Andrew Marian on December 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I love your site. It’s helped me progress more in the past few weeks than I have in months. I do have one request though. Have you done a lesson where you integrate the soloing aspects of scales, such as the pentatonic, with various chords to resolve on? This is an area that I would really like to improve upon. Thanks again, your site is amazing.

  4. neil horn on October 27, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Carl, thank you for this lesson. I love your site. Question for you: would you be willing to do a custom lesson for me on the modes? I know the modes and have each of the scales written out all over the fret board. What I’m interested in is having 2-3 chord progression examples for each mode (excluding Locrian as I doubt I would play that one) and both the major and minor pentatonic. I lot of this I already know – I could do a I IV V in open major chords and play the major scales, but knowing what mode to play over what chord progression for some of the modes is hard. There are tons of youtube videos on the subject but most are confusing and none say: when you have this chord progression mixolydian works really well, or if you have this chord progression use phrygian. If this is something you can help me with I would greatly appreciate it and please let me know appropriate donation amount. Regards, Neil from NYC. P.S. my very good friend Mike Schiavone swears by you and recommended your site.

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