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Minor Pentatonic Scale Cliches


Getting To Know The Minor Pentatonic Scale…..

scx2012Cliches in improvising music are the small bits of melodic material that are too short and repititve to be full blown melodies or solos. There the short repititious bits of lead guitar playing that most people find exciting and fun. The minor pentatonic scale contains some of the best known and hottest sounding cliches in all of guitar playing. Playing these cliches is a key, crucial element of understanding and effectively using the minor pentatonic scale and therefore being a convincing lead guitarist. Every great Rock, Blues, Pop and Metal lead player has made a study of and mastered the cliches we’re going to play below. Virtually very great Rock, Blues, Pop and Metal solo employs at least one of theses cliches. These catchy, repititive and often fast musical figures are the going to be your bread and butter in many lead guitar playing situations.







These short repititive bits of melodic material, often called guitarists’ cliches, are absolutely indispensible, crucial and critical to understanding the use, character and application of the Minor Pentatonic Scales. It will be easy for you to find the wailing, bending sound of these universally known and used cliches in the playing of your favorite lead guitarists. As a word of caution Pentatonic Scales in general are only one very small but very important piece of a larger pie and the cliches are only one aspect of Pentatonic Scale usage.

Because the Minor Pentatonic Box patterns are so easy to use and because the cliches are an esxciting and highly effective trick, many young and up and coming guitarists mistake having learned this little bit of imformation with becoming skilled, pro quality lead players. In other words, don’t base your lead playing style on one or two ideas, no matter how great these ideas are. below you see an example not for yu to playb but to listen to your instructor play with Minor Pentatonic Scale and the wonderful bending cliches you learned here today.

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