F# Minor Pentatonic Guitar Scales

If you put your mind to it you can learn these shapes in 1 day. Shoot to have them down by the end of the week.

This is the key of the famous track by Rhandy Rhoads “Crazy Train.”

You must then come back to it often to make sure you really learn it.

Most of all you must…APPLY.

How do you apply?

 

Application

Learn the shapes first. Either one at a time or all together.

Hit 2 or more notes from the scale at a time meaning chords and come up with 1 or 2 solid guitar riffs using the F# minor pentatonic scale. In any shape.

This will give you fretboard familiarity and will also showy that you can have cool chords all within 1 single shape.

 

Part 2

Memorize the F# minor scale tones and learn them on the neck. For example: learn them on a single string. Start with either the 1st or 6th string. You can then go back later on to other strings.

Now use the single string to come up with a solo, riff or melody. 

Remember that the shapes are moveable so if you know them in 1 key you can simply move the entire shape up or down a fret or more and you’d be in a new key.

 

Part 3

Record some chords and improvise melodies over the scale. 

You can also improvise over the riffs you came up with earlier. You did that right?

Power chords and single string riffs work well for rhythm guitar.

F#5 F#sus

F#5 A5 B5

F#m(no5) E5 B5 C#m(no5)

Those are just some examples to use for rhythm ideas. Any one of the shapes will work over these chords.

 

Part 4

Write a 4-16 bar solo.

 

All the suggestions above can be done individually meaning, in order to apply what you learn you don’t have to do all of them. You simply have to do one of the suggestions above and you would have done some application.

Ive highlighted them in bold.

Here they are again:

  • Come up with 1 or 2 solid guitar riffs using the F# minor pentatonic scale.
  • Now use the single string to come up with a solo, riff or melody. 
  • Record some chords and improvise melodies over the scale. 
  • Write a 4-16 bar solo.

Thats application.

 

Below is a sample rhythm riff using the F#m Scale and all the shapes are below that.

F# minor pentatonic scale riff

Pay attention to the Accented notes!

 

 

F# Minor Pentatonics

 

 

Example solo:

F#m Solo

 

 

 

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