An Exercise To Break Out Of That Boring Pentatonic Box

A big problem a lot of guitarists face, whether they’re just learning to improvise, or have been at it for decades, is what we commonly refer to as “getting out of the box.” We guitar players love using the minor pentatonic scale, but a lot of us get lost if they end up outside of the traditional scale shape, or “box.” I think we all know the one I’m talking about. This one right here: Many guitarists never leave this sanctuary. It can get you through pretty much any solo. It’s only a matter of time, however, until you’re overusing it, and start running out of ideas. Because of this, guitarists will start using other shapes or “modes” of the minor pentatonic scale, like this one: There are

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