Loading the player...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 2

Lesson Notes

** As featured in issue 60 **

We’re all just playing notes on the fretboard so why do some players sound like they’ve got it more together than others? Tone, feel, bends, stylistic influences and overall knowledge of the basics like scales and arpeggios all play a huge role, and sequences are a part of the vocabulary every player should have. Think about it like learning a language; the scales are the letters and you need to put those letters together to form words. Words turn into phrases, sentences, paragraphs and eventually an entire story. The more words and phrases and context you can give the better able you are to tell your story. Sequences are a natural part of a musicians vocabulary and the more of them you know the more you will be able to say on the your instrument.

As we learned last lesson a sequence is when you play the notes of a scale in a specific repetitive pattern as opposed to randomly playing scale tones. Using the E major pentatonic scale we played 2 sequences; The first used every other note and the second was a sequence of 5th intervals. Check the video lesson and downloadable pdf files.

And now let the games begin…

The Group of 3

EX 1 In this first example we are going to descend the E major pentatonic scale 3 notes at a time. If this is new to you I would recommend practicing the first 3 notes over and over, then add the next 3 notes and put those 6 notes together. This is a very cool lick by itself! Check out the tab and the video and go slow at first.

EX 2 Things get interesting when you mix up the rhythm a bit. This is the exact same group of 3 sequence as in ex 1 but it sounds completely different! Learn the lick or use it as motivation to create your own.

EX 3 shows yet another way to mix up a group of 3 sequence. Here we ascend 3 notes and then descend 3. This 6 notes pattern then repeats beginning on each string.

EX 4 is a reverse group of 3. Kind of like climbing up a flight of stairs backwards. If we give each step a number we would play 321, 432, 543, etc.

The Group of 4

EX 5 Another common sequence is a group of 4. Using the same E major pentatonic scale we’ll go down 4 notes at a time. If you repeat the first the first 4 notes you’ve got a pretty useful lick.

EX 6 Now mix up the rhythm to sound less predictable. Notice we do not start on the downbeat either.

The Group of 5

EX 7 shows how to descend the E major pentatonic scale 5 notes at a time. If you play even 16th notes you won’t start on the downbeat again until after playing the group of 5 four times. Try it out for yourself.

EX 8 shows hot to connect the fretboard with this group of 5 sequence on the top 2 strings.

And now your homework:

  • Learn at least one sequence
  • Repeat a few of the notes to create a lick
  • Mix up the rhythm to sound less predictable
  • Start on an ‘up’ beat

Over these past 2 lessons we have done a lot of work with the 5 note pentatonic scale. Could there be some diatonic scale sequencing in our future? We will find out in part 3.


Up Next

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 1

Play more interesting pentatonic guitar licks and runs with the power of scale sequences. Danny ...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 2

Uncover some game changing pentatonic sequences and guitar licks with the help of Danny Gill ...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 3

Rejuvenate your pentatonic guitar soloing with these great guitar exercises, sequences and routines in this ...

You May Like

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 2 - Intervals & Subdivisions

In the second instalment of this comprehensive guitar improvisation lesson series, Nick Jennison takes a ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 1 - Note Choice & Placement

Nick Jennison explores creating melodic interest within your guitar solos using the vehicle of stability ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 3 - Stylistic & Expressive Elements

For each of the soloing styles contained in this guitar lesson series, certain genre specific ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 4 - Modern Blues Solo Rationale

In this guitar lesson, Nick gives an insight into his thinking behind each phrase of ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 4 - Modern Blues Solo Analysis

In this modern blues guitar tutorial, Nick Jennison takes you through how to play his ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 5 - Modern Prog Rock Solo Rationale

Nick Jennison leads you through a guitar improvisation deep dive, with this guide to his ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 5 - Modern Prog Rock Solo Analysis

Learn how to play this epic modern prog rock guitar solo, phrase by phrase in ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 6 - Minor Blues Solo Rationale

Nick Jennison looks at a guitar solo study in a minor blues ballad style, in ...

Nick Jennison - The Ultimate Guide To Melody & Phrasing: Part 6 - Minor Blues Solo Analysis

In this blues guitar lesson, Nick Jennison teaches you how to play his amazing blues ...

Nick Jennison - Creating Drums On Acoustic Guitar

In this percussive acoustic guitar techniques lesson, Nick Jennison shows you how to emulate drums ...

Nick Jennison - An Introduction To Slide Guitar

Get started with slide guitar playing in this beginners guide to slide guitar with Nick ...

Nick Jennison - Extended Range Secrets Part 1

Nick Jennison steps into the world of extended range guitars with this exclusive 7 string ...

Sam Bell - Extended Range Secrets Part 2: Seven String Guitar Approaches

Sam Bell continues our series of 7 string metal guitar lessons, stepping into the world ...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 1

Play more interesting pentatonic guitar licks and runs with the power of scale sequences. Danny ...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 2

Uncover some game changing pentatonic sequences and guitar licks with the help of Danny Gill ...

Danny Gill - Pentatonic Sequences That Can Be Used Anytime, Anywhere, And On Any Song Part 3

Rejuvenate your pentatonic guitar soloing with these great guitar exercises, sequences and routines in this ...

Sam Bell Rhythm Guitar Concepts Part 1: Internal Time Keeping

Learn how to play rhythm guitar in time and improve your time keeping in this ...

Sam Bell Rhythm Guitar Concepts Part 2: Feeling 8th Notes

Play rhythm guitar with better timing in this guitar lesson with Sam Bell. Learn how ...

Sam Bell Rhythm Guitar Concepts Part 3: Feeling 16th Notes

This rhythm guitar lesson with Sam Bell focuses on the building blocks of good rhythm ...

Sam Bell Rhythm Guitar Concepts Part 4: Tonal Aspects Of Chord Voicings

Sam Bell teaches you how to play the famous “Motown Skank” style of rhythm guitar ...

1 2 3 19
Top magnifiercross linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram