E Minor Pentatonic Scale in Open Position

In this first single strings Guitar lesson, we look at the E Minor Pentatonic Scale in open position (which mean it uses open strings!) This is appropriate as your first ever scale!

Songs & TAB below this video- just scroll down!

That word 'scale' can be very scary for some people- it was for me too! However, a scale simply gives you all the 'good notes' that work well one after the other in ascending and descending order (going up and back down) Its like learning the 'ABC' of music so we can learn to make the guitar 'talk'!

As a scale alone is pretty useless (no ones gonna pay to hear scales! haha) we look at 10 songs that use notes from this scale so you can APPLY the 'good notes' you now know straight away! This scale means we can play Rock and Blues riffs. If that sounds like fun- you gotta learn this scale!!

1st Octave (Lowest) E minor Pentatonic

Open E minor pentatonic Octave 1

2nd Octave (Higher) E minor Pentatonic

Open E minor pentatonic Octave 2

Full scale (shown in shape box below TAB!) E minor Pentatonic

Open E minor pentatonic Full

Minor Pent Open position

Where to go from here?

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You can also now have a go at any of the riffs in this series! Top of the list are easiest,  the hardest ones are at the bottom. If you struggle- try one from the top even if you don't know it!!

  • Song 1- Sweet Home Chicago Lead Line (Eric Clapton version)
  • Song 2- Fever by The Cramps
  • Song 3 – Spoonful by Howlin Wolf
  • Song 4 – 20th Century Boy by T Rex
  • Song 5 – Roadhouse Blues by The Doors
  • Song 6 – TNT by AC/DC
  • Song 7 – Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
  • Song 8 – Smokestack Lightnin’ by Howlin’ Wolf
  • Song 9- Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys
  • Song 10 – Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix