dansm's guitar scale lessons
the first mode
the first note of the pentatonic minor scale
the first mode is based on the first note of the pentatonic minor scale.
in e minor, the first mode looks like this (standard notation and one-string tab):




the scale box for the first mode looks like this:



to play this scale in e minor, play the box with the first note at the nut or at the twelfth fret. since this is the first mode of the pentatonic minor scale, this is also the pentatonic minor scale, played from root to root. this scale box has a pattern identical to the fifth mode of the pentatonic major scale, but the root and fifth appear in different places.
on to the second mode

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