Pentatonic Connecting Run

You may or may not be familiar with the different box patterns in which you can play scales on your guitar. That’s something I get into in a lot more detail in my Guitar Scale Patterns lesson.

To explain these very simply; the boxes you see on the free cheat sheet you downloaded indicate different places where you can play the scale.

In the video below, I demonstrate a connecting pattern that you can use to move in between three different box patterns. This connecting pattern, or run, is super handy because you can start your solo down in the lower registers, then move it up the neck to really build things up. It’s easy to play, and sounds really cool.

In theĀ Guitar Scale Patterns lesson I teach this particular run in much more detail than you’ll see below, but I wanted to give you an idea of what you can do with the patterns.

Click Here For The Guitar Scale Patterns Lesson

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art - December 26, 2009 Reply

That was great.Thanks for the info - December 26, 2009 Reply

Helpful info Thanks

WaltPete - December 27, 2009 Reply

I like the way you take the time to explain things…….
not in a overbearing attitude… other online teachers
I don`t want to call out any names (claude johnson) BUT…..

Wal of the`RAPIDS` `CEDAR`that is………..


Right on my guitar playing brother….It IS DEFINITELY appreciated when someone takes the time and remembers that we are students trying to learn. Some teachers approach lessons like they are showing someone in their band how to play a riff…they forgot who their audience is. - February 7, 2010 Reply

Yes this is great stuff thanks so much for your tips and is so appreciated …the scale would be great to look at and pratice…thanks dude

Gregory Wilson - March 5, 2010 Reply

Thanks John, now i know what i could do with the key of E Pentatonic Scale.I just couldn’t register it in my mind
before. Thanks for your perspective
Gregory Wilson

Angie - March 20, 2010 Reply

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Eric - March 22, 2010 Reply

I would assume you’ve seen or heard of Fretboard Logic. How does your system differ? - March 23, 2010 Reply

Hi Eric,

I hadn’t actually heard of Fretboard Logic until you mentioned it, but a quick Google search told me a little about it. It appears their course is far more in depth than what I’ve done here… Although my lesson would be in agreement with theirs, from what I’ve read theirs is more complex and comprehensive. I’ve really focused on giving people a few patterns and the understanding required to really make use of them in their playing, without diving into all the background. Hope that helps.

Gene - April 2, 2010 Reply

Thanks, Eric, I have your fretboard in the key of E and it is really putting some things togeather for me. Also, the quick access to the notes and where they are was awsome, it has been explained to me many times but either your method finally caught my attention of I finally get it. hehe

I am 67 years old and have been studying Guitar for three pluss years. I do like your techniques and will keep a watch on what you are offering. Gene

Ed@best way to learn guitar - April 6, 2010 Reply

Very simple and to the point. The problem with a lot of guitar scale instruction is they are so confusing. You do a great job of keeping it simple.

gene - April 12, 2010 Reply

this didnt teach me a thing, i think its funny how all your comments are good. lets see if mine makes it - May 1, 2010 Reply

No Tricks and not Over Produced.

Really nice Improv “noodle”, Sir
(and fine timbre from the D-28HD, too).


Patrick - June 3, 2010 Reply

THANKS! I was reading about relative and parallel minor scales today and I’m still a bit confused. But hearing/seeing someone who knows is sweet.

Mark - June 4, 2010 Reply

What is common about the shapes?
What gives us the ‘ok’ to connect the shapes?

    Jonathan - June 4, 2010 Reply

    Hi Mark – you can move that whole pattern around anywhere you want. The thing that is ‘common’ between everything is really the spacing between the strings, and the spacing between the notes in the scale. Due to that, the same pattern can be played anywhere on the guitar and you’ll get a scale out of it… the only difference being that your root note determines which key you’re playing in. - June 22, 2010 Reply

I enjoyed this etude.

Would it be possible for you to generate a graphic of the run on the fretboard.

That would be helpful for me and possibly others.

Thank you.

    Jonathan - June 22, 2010 Reply

    Hi Rafe, I do have a cheat sheet that shows the pentatonic run, but I’ve only made that available for members. Cheers.

Nick - August 4, 2010 Reply

Great lesson. This will help us beginners maintain our excitement by expanding our abilities in moving up and down the fretboard. You reference getting a cheat sheet on your site. I cannot find it. Please help- I want to nail this NOW!

Paola Parcell - September 17, 2010 Reply

Finally, I found the information I was looking for. I have been doing research on this subject, and for two days I keep finding websites that are supposed to have what I’m searching for, only to be disappointed with the lack of what I had to have. I wish I could have found your website sooner! I had about 30% of what I needed and your site has that, and the rest of what I need to finish my research. Thank you and keep up the good work!

mike the hack - December 22, 2010 Reply

i am not an advanced player by any means but for those of you that who have just learned this pattern i recommend the following…. buy a tape recorder. learn a few chords that go together- whether they’re open position chords or barred. play these chords over and over and over again while taping. then playback the tape and with your guitar play the scale pattern over the top of it. you will have to move your “starting position” around until your in the right key- you’ll hear it! doesnt matter what set of chords you use- this pattern will work with them somewhere on the fretboard! and it actually sounds like i’m making some kind of music-thanks Johnathan

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