Beyond the Pentatonic Scale by TrueFire Educator Rob Garland is a free lesson series that will help you break free of the pentatonic prison, blurring the lines between musical genres. Be sure to subscribe for more lessons and check out Rob’s online classroom, Guitar Babylon.

Topics covered in this lesson include achieving a hip jazzy sound by playing a minor pentatonic scale a half step below the root of a major chord. The notes of the scale in relation to the MAJ7 chord bring out the 7th, 9th, 3rd, #11th and 13th, evoking a jazz-fusion type of sound. Example solos using a static major chord in different keys.