HOW ERIC JOHNSON MAKES CREATIVE USE OF THE MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE
In this 2nd part we will look at 2 examples that display how Eric Johnson takes the “Minor Pentatonic” from a worn out cliche and turns it into a unique musical tour de force of originality.
This 1st example is quite demanding to play but it demonstrates the power of manipulating the intervals to create a unique sound and style. [Notice that the interval of the 7th crops up a lot along with 6ths and 3rds].
The 2nd example is a bit more straight forward, but, because Eric Johnson manipulates the interval of a perfect 4th he creates a fresh modern sound. Also notice that there are arpeggios. These arpeggios create melodic content to the example and draw the listeners ear into the music.
Although this is only a short lesson there is plenty to take from these two examples because they contain the key to unlocking an original approach to the most basic and most used thing in guitar the minor pentatonic scale. The way that Eric Johnson exploits the intervals in this scale is a real eye opener, oh, and a real ear opener!
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