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First Finger Pinky Rule on Guitar

Updated: Jul 18, 2023

Guitar diagram on Major and Minor Pentatonic scales

This is the easiest way to remember how to switch from Major Pentatonic to Minor Pentatonic and back again. The amazing thing about this is that it allows us to switch scales while still using the same easy pentatonic shapes that we already know.

For example, if you start playing A minor pentatonic by putting your first finger on the fifth fret of the low E string, and play the "easy shape" from there, you have minor pentatonic. But if you put your pinky finger on the fifth fret of the low E string, then play the same shape relative to that fret, you have major pentatonic!

You can get a complete exploration of the major and minor pentatonic, plus a jam track designed to help you practice this technique, and bonus practice tips, from our Patreon group.

Download the "First Finger Pinky Rule" Cheat Sheet in PDF format:

First Finger Pinky Rule Cheat Sheet
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For more on how to use this technique, check out my guitar lesson on YouTube:

My book, "Guitar Soloing Like a Pro" has lots more tips and tricks on how to improve your guitar soloing. If you're an intermediate level guitar player and want to be able to understand the fretboard better, improvise great solos, solo over the chord changes and more, check out the book, available on Amazon.

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