Below is an example of a pentatonic mastery exercise.  The object of the exercise is to develop skills moving between the 5 pentatonic scales.  It begins in A minor Pentatonic with the first idea moving between A minor pentatonic and C Major Pentatonic.  Then the idea is moved up and played between C Major Pentatonic and the 3rd pentatonic scale, and finally the last section moves between pentatonic thread pentatonic 4.  To challenge yourself figure out the next part moving between pentatonic 4 and pentatonic 5 and then finally from Pentatonic 5 to The A minor Pentatonic at the 17th fret.

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Musical Paths

Musical Paths:

 

This is simply a reorganization of the basic chord diagrams sheet.   Once the student has developed the ability to play these chords with a “fairly decent” sound I use this sheet as a game of sorts to develop abilities to play chords in various combinations. Students also start to develop thoughts on musical choices as they try various combinations and find they enjoy the sound of some more than others.  

 

You can customize the rules for using the sheet for the level of the student and you can use any combination of chords you deem useful.  

 

Rules Examples:

  1. Have the student start at G and choose any path they want to make it to the end.  You can try variations such as having them strum each chord one time before moving to the next chord.  As you go you could have them try rhythms and strum patterns as well as introduce the idea of measure for each chord.

  2. For a more intense practice regime have the student start at G and make it to the end but they have to play at every circle at least one time.  This requires some moving around and a fun way for them to get use to the idea of repetition and gumption as a practice tool.