I’m sure you’ll be able to help me out on this one. I started my guitar journey about 3 years ago and I’m proud I stuck with it for so long. Almost 1/11th of my life so far
One of the most widely utilized tools out of what I learned so far is pattern 1 of the minor pentatonic scale. I’ve been playing it for years now, and managed to play along to some songs in a bluesy vein (the latest one is I Want You (She’s So Heavy) by The Beatles). I can play the scale in itself ascending and descending as well, though never attempted to play it (or anything else, really) at a lightning-fast tempo. So it’s been all fun and very useful for me so far, not least because the pattern can also serve as a hint when trying to transcribe (with or without paper) some melody lines.
And here come my dilemma and questions which I’ll try to sum up in a logical way. Basically: whither next?
- More minor pentatonic patterns? - This seems to be the easiest way forward. I took a glance at patterns 2-5 and parts of them seem to be similar to what I play when trying to “decipher” melodies. I’ve just never realized I played pattern 2, 3 or whatever.
- Delve into the major pentatonic scale? - I haven’t tackled this one yet, but I’ve just checked out the diagrams for the patterns and these also look familiar to me, like patterns 2-5 of the minor pentatonic scale. Of course, I haven’t done the lessons on the various patterns yet, just used some of the fingerings, like the minor 3rd interval on the same string.
- I’ve seen there are harmonic and melodic minor scales, but I’m not sure if they are related to the minor pentatonic scale or are something substantially different.
- Licks - I admit licks are something I haven’t checked out yet. I’m sure I’ve heard quite a few in my life, though. I think checking out one or two would not hurt, but the B.B. King and Buddy Guy-type of blues music, while enjoyable, isn’t something I’m very keen on, so I wouldn’t like to fall too deep in this rabbit hole.
Thanks for your answers in advance.