The Minor Pentatonic Scale
Our previous lesson focused on the major scale. The minor pentatonic scale is the relative minor scale that complements the major scale. In the key of A, F#m is the relative minor.
The F# Minor Pentatonic Scale
The first step in playing this scale is how you position your fingers. Each finger (one through four) stays on a fret and does not move side to side to different frets – only up and down to different strings. For this scale, your one (index) finger plays only on the fourth fret. Your second (middle) finger plays only the 5th fret, and so on.
Start on the 5th fret, low E string with your 2nd finger, and follow the diagram above.
The blue notes indicate the root notes of the scale.