Lesson in a Minute – Pentatonic Groups of Six

Mar 15, 2023


As a guitar teacher here in Pittsburgh, one of the most essential skills to teach my students is how to play scales effectively.

Among the most popular and widely used scales in guitar music is the Pentatonic scale. The Pentatonic scale is made up of five notes per octave, hence the name “Pentatonic.”

One way to make the Pentatonic scale sound more interesting is to play it using the Pentatonic Groups of Six. This approach involves playing the Pentatonic scale in groups of six notes, creating a more fluid and melodic sound.

As you can see in the video, playing these groups in succession creates a fluid and melodic sound that can add depth and interest to your guitar playing. The Pentatonic Groups of Six are particularly useful in improvisation, allowing you to explore different melodic ideas while staying within the boundaries of the Pentatonic scale.

I always encourage my students to experiment with different techniques and approaches to scales, and the Pentatonic Groups of Six is a great way to do just that!

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