Musicarta Pentatonics Workbook
Pentatonic Riffs in A Minor
Page One

The Pentatonic Riffs with Improvisations is based on a pentatonic minor scale-tone practice pattern. This page has the build-up to that pattern.

You need to be able to play the final pattern to enjoy the groovy riff build-up that follows.

First, listen to the module performance.

Scale practice pattern build-up

We start by counting the A minor pentatonic scale. Work through this section diligently. Even if you know it, the repetition is beneficial.

Counting the A minor pentatonic scale

You should be able to see the A minor pentatonic scale in the keyboard and name (number) the tones.

Building the scale-tone practice pattern

The build-up to the scale-tone practice pattern is divided into five videos so that you can easily repeat each section.

Methodical, thorough work here will pay off later!

 Video One: Right hand ascending

Try to work up fluency - a  regular, even performance.

 Video One: Right hand descending and up and down

 Video Three: Adding a left hand

We bring in the left hand, just playing a simple single-note scale.

 Video Four: The left hand scale-tone pattern

Now the left hand learns the scale-tone pattern.

 Video Five: The two-handed pattern

You play the pattern two-handed. It's important to be able to play this reliably before we start adding tricky rhythms.

When you feel you're ready, go on to Page Two of this module.


The Pentatonic Scales
Practice Patterns
Melody Work and
Playing by Ear
Pentatonic Riffs
and Diaries -
Minor Pentatonic
Major Pentatonic
Chromatic Minor
Chromatic Major
Pre-video Pages
Pentatonics videos

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