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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#012 --Pentatonic Scale Patterns
April 03, 2013
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Pentatonic Scale Patterns on Piano

Hi every one.

Hope you are all still practicing and enjoying playing in this new year.

I have been a bit busy lately but have completed a great new lesson I want to share with you.

The lesson is on some simple pentatonic scale patterns I have used to find great melodies and to improvise keyboard solos.

I got a lot of musical milage out of these scale patterns and the same fingering of these easy scales will work for 6 different keys on the piano.

While playing piano and keyboards professionally over the years I was often asked to take a piano solo.

No matter what style of music I was asked to play I needed to be able to comfortably improvise an appropriate and interesting piano or keyboard solo over the chord progression of a song.

Whether it was jazz, blues,rock, country or top 40 pop, the basic starting point for me was the pentatonic scale.

I made a living for a long while with a few pentatonic scale patterns that were comfortable to play and versatile enough to get me through just about any style of music.

It is my intention in this lesson to share these simple pentatonic scale patterns with you in the hopes that you will be able to use them in your playing.

Learning pentatonic scale patterns.

If you are not yet familiar with the pentatonic scale you may want to review the lessons on the pentatonic scale and the minor pentatonic scale.

Those lessons will give your the theory behind the scale and what notes to use in any given key while in this lesson we will discuss more about what makes an interesting keyboard solo using this handy improvisation scale.

As I believe it is important for you to see these scales applied to the keyboard I have included three videos that will give you an idea of how to create musical magic with these scales. Click on the lesson below to get started.

As always I wish you the best and success in you playing and invite you to contact me with any questions you might have about this or any lesson.

Click on the link Below to see this great lesson and videos.

Using Pentatonic Scale Patterns on Piano

The Best Home Study Course for Gospel, Play by Ear

Many piano students spend too much TIME learning how to play the piano and not enough time PLAYING THE PIANO!

Years upon years of studying various techniques, music theory, and 'level' after 'level. It makes piano teachers a lot of money but learning music doesn't have to be that way.

If you want to start playing ALL of your favorite hymns and congregational songs by ear right away, I've definitely found something that's going to help you do just that.

Over the weekend, my friend Jermaine, the owner of the piano site,, was telling me about an idea of his and it really made A LOT of sense. In fact, our conversation went so well, he decided to put the information on his website (see below).

Hear and play Gospel

Jermaine Griggs,the pioneer of the award-winning GospelKeys learning system, has come up with 3 simple steps to playing gospel music so you won't waste any time at all.

In fact, it'll virtually cut your learning time in half! I copied and pasted the most important parts below so you can get a general idea.


Step One: Determining the Melody

Step Two: Harmonizing the Melody

Step Three: Adding the Bass

These three steps are not super complicated theories that require several years of experience. In fact, they were designed for the total beginner with absolutely no musical experience.

What most people don't understand is that most songs follow patterns. If you've been mistakenly learning songs, one by one, you're only exercising your ability to MEMORIZE chords --- and that's exactly why it takes SO LONG to learn just one song.


If you concentrate on LEARNING PATTERNS, you'll never go wrong because songs are built on repeating patterns. You should NEVER EVER have to memorize over 100 songs when they all share the same exact CHORDS, PROGRESSIONS, AND PATTERNS.

Click here for more information:

Hear and Play Gospel

I want to remind you that many of the ideas for lessons come from those of you who contact me with questions. I encourage you to let me know what you need.

Also you can find a contact form on the site and suggest a song for a future lesson. Don't be shy. Let me know how i can help!!

I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!

Thanks, Greg

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