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Pentatonic Shapes & Applications Pt. 2

This masterclass covers pentatonic scale shapes and applications. Guitarist Lyle Brewer discusses connecting different pentatonic positions across the neck. He demonstrates playing three notes per string and anchoring shapes when switching strings. Brewer emphasizes using consistent fingering for smooth transitions.

Brewer explores extending simple pentatonic patterns through the music of the Allman Brothers. He demonstrates superimposing the major pentatonic of the five chord over dominant seventh chords for interesting sounds. Brewer also plays the minor pentatonic of the five chord for contrast.

The discussion touches on embellishing patterns with variations in note grouping, rhythmic feel, and inversion. Brewer illustrates applying these concepts over backing tracks. He encourages experimenting with the ideas even if they are new concepts. The masterclass provides a wide-ranging look at pentatonic scales and their musical applications.

Transcript Summary

[0:00:05] Connecting Pentatonic Shapes

  • Demonstrates anchoring shapes when switching strings using consistent fingering
  • Plays three notes per string for smooth transitions across the neck
  • Emphasizes economical fingering for ease and musicality

[0:22:39] Extending Patterns from the Allman Brothers

  • Draws on examples from Dickey Betts' playing of simple yet musical pentatonic lines
  • Discusses superimposing the major pentatonic of the five chord over dominant chords
  • Plays the minor pentatonic of the five chord for harmonic contrast

[0:50:07] Embellishing Patterns

  • Covers variations in note grouping, rhythmic feel, and pattern inversion
  • Applies concepts over backing tracks for demonstration
  • Encourages experimenting with new ideas through familiar examples

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