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Stretch Some More !


Oh well, here´s another article about one of my favorite tools, the stretch-pentatonic. I hope you have checked out the first part already...

I just wanted to make it clear that the stretch-pentatonic is not really a different scale... it´s based on the pentatonic scale, and is nothing more than a different way to distribute that pentatonic scale on the strings... by playing three notes on each string...

Last time I mentioned that there are several different ways to make up the patterns... there are different versions of those patterns. Here are the 5 patterns most commonly used. There are five of them cuz the pentatonic scale has 5 notes.

The first pattern starts with the root ( example: G in G major ) on the low E-String. I marked all G´s ( roots ) red. Here is pattern No.1:

And here´s pattern 2, starting on the second note of our major pentatonic ( example in G major: A, 5th / 17th fret )

Pattern 3, starting on the major third, that would be B ( 7th / 19th fret ) in G major:

Pattern 4, starting on the 5th, in G major that would be D ( 10th fret )

And pattern 5, starting on the sixth, in G major: E ( 12th fret or open E-String )

Alright, I wanted to introduce you to those, although they´re actually pretty easy to make up.

Now, in this second issue of articles about the topic, I wanted to give away some even more difficult / wild / crazy licks. These work great in a rock- or fusion context and I guess they´ll attract especially the shred-freaks among you. But the scale can be used in all styles of music, it depends on how you use it... be creative, use your ears...

Anyway, turn the page to see some very advanced "shred-licks" in the style of players like Greg Howe, Joey Tafolla... and myself, obviously...

Licks, Licks, Licks ! >>