Playing Guitar by Ear – B minor Pentatonic Guitar Tabs

When the B minor pentatonic scale is played in the 7th position of the guitar neck you can use the basic box pattern which can be applied to any key, even when using open strings, with some minor adjustments though (like not having to use your first finger since you are using the open strings). The five notes which are used in the B minor pentatonic scale are: B, D, E, F#, A. The key to being able to use this scale begins with the ability to not only play it, but hear it as well.

Learning how to play this scale using this type of pattern allows you to access all of the notes without having to change the position of where your hand is on the guitar neck, ultimately helping you concentrate more on the sound. So begin by using your first finger on the sixth string at the 7th fret. Be sure to play all of the notes which are on the 7th fret position as shown here in the guitar tabs with your first finger, this way you will remain in the correct position. This will also make it very easy to use your other fingers for all of the other notes in the scale.

B minor Pentatonic on Guitar

There are plenty of ways you can learn how to use different pentatonic scale positions, and while each of them has their own usefulness when playing, the five basic notes of the scale you are playing will always be the same. For example the actual five “notes” in the B minor pentatonic scale we are using in this guitar lesson will always be the same no matter where you play them on the neck. Once you have learned the notes and your ear has become familiar enough with them that you can play them on the guitar by ear, you will be able to choose which position will fit best into the song you are playing lead guitar on.

You can then decide how to add style to the pentatonic scales as well by adding techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs and right hand tapping during your licks and guitar solos. However before you can use these lead guitar techniques you have to begin by learning the scales and becoming familiar with how they sound.

As you practice the notes in the tablature your fingers will also be getting a good work-out. Try to play each note of the scale cleanly. The use of a metronome or drum track can help you with your timing. The pentatonic box pattern should eventually become something that you are able to play in any position.

4 thoughts on “Playing Guitar by Ear – B minor Pentatonic Guitar Tabs

  1. I think a lot of people learn a scale like this when they first start playing guitar. When I learned this “pattern” it was in the key of A Minor and like you say, it works perfect in any other position that you need to switch to.

  2. I see this guitar lesson is in the key of b minor and I was wondering, is this a very common key for songs? Thanks

    1. The chord itself is more common than the number of songs that are in the key b minor. Let’s say for instance that you are in the key of A Major. In this case the b minor is the second chord in that key. This is helpful to know when you are playing lead guitar and writing songs as well.

  3. It sounds good as part of the key of A like in classical music arrangements if you are working on them. Adding in that F# really hits a good sound that sets up the next chord so you can branch away from blues songs with this. As far as the scale goes, ya its a good one to learn.

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