Minor Pentatonic Magic (with Ayla Tesler-Mabe)

When it comes to improvising and crafting guitar solos, the possibilities are endless.

There are so many different scales and modes and techniques -- it’s easy to get caught in the weeds and overwhelmed before you even begin. So where should you start?

Ayla Tesler-Mabe joins us in this video lesson to break down the minor pentatonic scale, and as she says, “To me, it all kinda comes down to the minor pentatonic scale.”

It’s no lie: many guitarists have made entire careers out of the minor pentatonic scale. But for a scale that only consists of five notes (“penta” meaning five), how can you really use it without it sounding drab or institutional? You add in a little magic.

By the end of this lesson, you’ll know the standard pentatonic scale 'box', and how to break out of it by moving up the fretboard. Ayla shows you how she likes to throw in a little minor pentatonic *magic* by infusing a few additional notes in her improvisation -- like major thirds, sharp fourths and even just second notes.

The lesson is a great launching point to begin exploring the endless possibilities for improvising on the guitar.

And don’t forget to grab the scale diagrams for this lesson here.

(Intro song: Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix)