The best way to learn the fretboard is one chunk at a time, until you’ve got enough to cover everything, and then you begin integrating things. In this lesson, we’re going to learn the final chunk that we need to effectively cover the entire fretboard. This is the pentatonic minor scale, root 5, 1 position closed scale. Phew! That’s a mouthful. But when you see the lesson, you’ll discover it’s just a functional name that describes what it is. Some folks call it Aeolian, and depending where your starting point is, Phrygian.
We’re in C major / A minor.
Here’s the Root 5 Pentatonic Minor Scale / Aeolian tab:
And if you want to add in the extra three notes on the 6th string (and who doesn’t?), you’ll need this:
When you’ve finished this lesson, move on to part two, and add a couple more notes to make this same pattern diatonic.