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Em Pentatonic - Guitar Fretboard Visualization Etude

Posted by Mick Dennis on August 15, 2018 at 11:25 PM


Em Pentatonic - Guitar Fretboard Visualization Etude on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBClhgr0D8U

The Em Pentatonic Guitar Graphic featured here created with

paper + typography by sabeena karnick on Behance -


Topics Covered:

1) open position Em pentatonic scale-0:24

2) 4 note patterns (DEGA & ABDE) on adjacent strings using 1-3-1-3 fingerings-1:00

3) 4 note patterns (DEGA & ABDE) using chromatic passing tones-2:26

4) 6 note patterns (ABDEGA) on adjacent strings using 1-3-1-3-1-3 fingerings-6:40

5) 4 note patterns (BDEG-Em7 chord arpeggio) on adjacent strings using 1-4-1-4 fingerings-8:15

6) 4 note patterns (BDEG-Em7 chord arpeggio) using chromatic passing tones-10:10

7) brief reference to the chromatic walking bass line in "Money" by Pink Floyd-10:55

8 )Em pentatonic chord shapes-11:42

9) "blues box" with Em pentatonic chord shapes-15:03

10) playing the Em pentatonic scale up and down on individual strings using note groupings (GAB & DE)-15:53

11) using sliding and bending articulations with the Em pentatonic scale-20:08

12) 5 note Em pentatonic scale pattern in groupings (GAB-DE) in "3" different octaves across the fingerboard and a brief reference to the G major pentatonic harmonic application-21:53

In this guitar etude, I am playing a late 80's Ibanez Artist with a Seymour Duncan Jazz pickup (neck pick-up-series) through a Custom Billm Modified Fender Blues Junior in a custom designed cherry wood cabinet with a Jensen Special Design C15N speaker. I am using a red amethyst guitar pick., D'Addario NYXL Nickel Wound Strings 09-42 and a Horizon right angle cable.

The audio was recorded with an iPhone 6s Plus using the Voice Memos app with a RØDE iXY Stereo Microphone. I'm using both an ATS Acoustic Bass Trap - 24 x 48 x 4 and a DIY acoustic baffle made from "8" pieces of 16 x 48 x 2 Ultra Touch Denim Insulation placed about 12 inches behind the amp.

For audio mastering, I've added a compressor and limiter in GarageBand. There is no EQ or reverb added.

Peace Out!~Mick

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