Welcome to the third sheet in a series of posts on the A minor pentatonic scale, which includes various exercises designed to build up your knowledge of the scales and also to give you ideas and memories of ideas for soloing and melody making.
There are 4 exercises based on the first position of the A minor pentatonic scale. You will need to pay attention to the down and up pick markings to be able to play them fluently and at speed eventually. The first two exercises are all down picks, because they are more like riffs, which sound stronger with all down picks. Exercises 3 and 4 are generally ‘alternate picking’ on the 8th note (quaver) beats, which means ‘down up down up’ continued. It feels wierd at first but keep at it until it starts to feel natural.
There are free downloads availabile for this sheet, a printable PDF file and an awesome Guitar Pro file. Guitar Pro is a program where you can press play on the sheet and it will play the audio of the music. You can slow it down, transpose it, loop sections. It’s really useful.