In this lesson I’m taking the octave shapes idea that I explained in Part 1 and applying it to some actual music. I’m sticking to the minor pentatonic/blues scale for this lesson, but once you’ve cracked the basic idea feel free to apply the same concept to any other scale or sound you can imagine.
The minor pentatonic Scale mapped onto our 7 octave shapes
Below I’ve written out the related minor pentatonic fingering for each of our octave shapes:
Now let’s apply this idea to some licks…
In the video I take 3 simple pentatonic/blues scale ideas and play each one in all 7 locations on the neck, as defined by the octave shapes. I’ve written them all out below – have a play through and make sure you understand what’s going on. Then, the important thing is to try the same process with some ideas of your own. Write or improvise a simple phrase then see if you can take it through all 7 areas of the neck. The more you work on this skill, the quicker and more instinctive it will become.
For this video I’m using my Fender 52 reissue Telecaster into an 80s Fender Super Champ. The looper pedal I use is the basic model TC electronic Ditto.