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How to play the F# Minor Pentatonic Scale

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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

F#min Pent 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.

4 Responses to How to play the F# Minor Pentatonic Scale

  1. Eugene Peregudov Oct 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Bradford & Brian, Thank You very much for all your work, the scales are very helpful, God Bless 🙂

    • Brian Wahl Oct 9, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Thank you, Eugene! Really appreciate it!

  2. Joshua Leonard Jan 12, 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Hello, Joshua Leonard here,

    I am just wondering, what makes the f#m pentatonic so important, or was it just a random choice? does it have any relation to a reason you chose it ?

    • Bradford Mitchell Jan 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm #

      Hey Joshua, take a look at our video on the A major scale and then video about combining the 2. It should make more sense then 🙂

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