The pentatonic scale is often among the first things students learn when starting to improvise, and so many seem to think that it’s a kind of a beginners aproach, while more “advanced” players are using modes, arpeggios, melodic minor etc.

Don’t make this mistake. The pentatonic scale is extremely important when playing jazz, don’t forget about it!

Pentatonics 1 – Position Playing
Introduction the the scale, and the traditional way of learning it on guitar.

Pentatonics 2 – 2+3 Concept
The 2+3, or diagonal approach. More musical and practical approach to pentatonics, cover the entire neck with only 2 different scale fingerings.

Pentatonics 3 – Root On Each String
Another important concept to be able to tie together any position of the pentatonic scale seamlessly.


The object here is to drill you on how the different modes sound, and how that connects with what your fingers do. When mastered, you don’t have to think about it, your ear will guide you.

Modes Drilling 1
First scale – Ionian, and explanation of drills.

Modes Drilling 2

Modes Drilling 3

Modes Drilling 4

Modes Drilling 5

Modes Drilling 6

Modes Drilling 7


As with the regular modes, doing these drills will teach you how the different degrees of melodic minor sound, and connect those sounds with your fingers, so eventually you don’t have to think about scales, your ears will guide you.

⭐️ Note: The explanations and theoretical concepts referred to in this course is at times very advanced, so if you’re sort of new or early intermediate to jazz, feel free to save this for later when you’re more experienced.

Melodic Minor Drilling 1
Melodic Minor, root position

Melodic Minor Drilling 2
The “Altered” Scale”

Melodic Minor Drilling 3
Mixolydian #4 (Lydian Dominant)

Melodic Minor Drilling 4
Locrian Nat9

Melodic Minor Drilling 5
Lydian #5

Melodic Minor Drilling 6
Mixolydian b6

Melodic Minor Drilling 7
Dorian b2