How To Play Guitar part 3

How To Play Guitar part 3

How To Play Guitar video series, part 3!

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How To Play Guitar – Part 3

Part 3

In this part of the How To Play Guitar series, I talk about how to turn pentatonic shapes into modal shapes.

This means that those open position chords, which turned into barre chords, which turned into pentatonic shapes can now become modal scales.

You have in this way built upon previous knowledge, no time or knowledge has been wasted or abandoned.

Major Pentatonic Modes

When I first came up with this concept I realized that this was it, my key contribution to learning the guitar, the pentatonic modes. It makes sense because you build on what you already know.

This approach also means that you start to connect the ear with intervals. By adding a maj7 (Ionian and Lydian) you start to hear music on a different level.

If you instead add a b7 (Mixolydian) may seem like a small change but to the ear it’s massive. The deeper the connection is between the ear, the theory and the patterns, the better.

The reason I keep it this simple is so you eventually can let go of this and just play naturally. The fewer rules and guidelines, the more likely this is to happen.

Minor Pentatonic Modes

At 4:48 into the video I talk about the minor pentatonic modes, these work in the same way as the major modes, you add certain intervals to the Minor Pentatonic to create any of the minor modes.

The easier you find playing the minor pentatonic shapes, the easier you will take to the minor modes.


To create the different modes you need to remember the key intervals that change for each mode, here they are:


1 2 3 4 5 6 7


1 2 3 #4 5 6 7


1 2 3 4 5 6 b7


1 2 m3 4 5 b6 b7


1 2 m3 4 5 6 b7


1 b2 m3 4 5 b6 b7

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