Groups Of 5

Welcome back! In this lesson I will be showing you some odd note groupings you can incorporate into your playing that will add interest to your solos or riffs. In previous lessons, I covered some 3 or 4 note patterns. In the first part of this lesson the examples will be based off of 5 note patterns, but not in the typical way you may be used to. These examples will be based off of the patterns 1-2, 1-2-3 or 1-2-3, 1-2, using all 16th notes. Accent the downbeat of each group of 5 notes. You will notice that the 5 note patterns are less predictable than 3 or 4 note patterns.

Example 1a shows the 5 note 1-2, 1-2-3 ostinato pattern with just 3 notes. Be sure to start slowly, and gradually build up speed, and be sure to accent the first beat of each 5 note grouping.

Example 1b is the same concept as the previous example, but with the pattern 1-2-3, 1-2.

MP3 - Example 1a
MP3 - Example 1b

Example 2 is the 5 note 1-2, 1-2-3 pattern on 2 strings moving up the neck in the key of E major (E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#), which has the same notes as the G# phrygian scale. If you play the G#m chord over this example it will have a Phrygian flavor. Try moving this pattern around the neck.

MP3 - Example 2

Example 3 is a scale sequence using the 1-2. 1-2-3 pattern moving down the neck off of each scale step within the C#m scale (C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B). This example goes down to the 4th string. When you play it, continue down to the 6th string, and try this pattern with different scales.

MP3 - Example 3

Example 4 is the same idea as the previous example, but this uses the 1-2-3, 1-2 pattern.

MP3 - Example 4


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