Originally Posted by rodeo_joel
If somebody could show me the pattern (or at least the notes to play) in a Pentatonic Minor/Major scale of the keys of G,A and D I might be able to figure out the other scales on my own.
Here's one site that might help:
There are likely dozens and dozens of others. ;-) Try Googling "pentatonic scales."
Other than that, could anybody suggest any techniques I could use that allow me to better improvise riffs over certain chords and progressions?
an improvisational phrase or two (or an entire solo) into a tape recorder while playing the chords to whatever progression(s) you're using, then
go back and figure out how to play what you sang on the guitar. It may be slow going at first, but you'll be training your fingers how to play what you're hearing in your head
, rather than just memorizing fretboard patterns.
The other best thing you can do that will speed your development is to learn to play the melody
of the song(s) you like most.
I know that mapping out the fret-board is always a good start, anybody got anything that worked for them?
I don't know any easy way around this one. You need to learn the names of all the notes on the fretboard, and it might take awhile.
Start on either E string, and say the names of the notes you're playing out loud
. (It doesn't hurt to sing
them either.) ;-) Open string is E, 1st fret is F, 2nd fret is F# and/or Gb, 3rd fret is G, etc. Go all the way up to the top of the neck (The notes repeat starting at the 12 fret, so it gets a little easier in that sense.)
Once you've finished learning all the notes on the E string, go to either the B string or the A string and start all over. Work your way across the strings until you know them all. Again, a slow process, but it will get faster as you do it.
you'll know that when you want to play an "F" note on the A string, it's at the 8th fret – but don't expect to learn it all overnight. :-\ There's an old saying, "You have to learn to walk before you can run, and crawl before you can walk." ;-) But keep at it, it's worth it. :-)
Hope it helps, CS :-)