E minor pentatonic and more improvisation
Remember the E minor pentatonic you learnt before? Let's extend that to all six strings.
Here are some patterns based on E minor pentatonic.
E Minor Pentatonic - Pattern One
E Minor Pentatonic - Pattern Two
Improvising with E minor pentatonic
The minor pentatonic scale is a good starting point for improvising over either a major or a minor key. Try playing a simple E minor to A minor chord sequence, one bar on each and repeated. You will need a way of recording this and playing it back, or someone else who can play it while you improvise.
Follow these steps to start improvising:
- While the sequence is playing, try playing the patterns shown above.
- Try to find two or three notes repeated that sound good over the chords. This is known in the art of improvising as a 'lick'.
- Try to create two or three of these 'licks' and alternate playing them.
Here are some simple licks you can try:
E Minor Pentatonic - Lick One
E Minor Pentatonic - Lick Two
E Minor Pentatonic - Lick Three
Now try the same thing, but this time change the chord sequence to E major and A major. The combination of playing a minor pentatonic over a major key gives the improvisation a blues feel.
E minor blues scale
By adding a couple of notes to E minor pentatonic, we get an E minor blues scale.
Exercise using E minor blues scale.
Try using a combination of the E minor pentatonic and the E minor blues scale to improvise over the E minor/A minor chord sequence we used earlier.