Easy Way To Learn All Pentatonic Boxes
The traditional way for learning pentatonics, or any scales for that matter, is to just try to memorize all these shapes. This approach can work well for very few people, but in my years of learning and teaching (I have been teaching professionally since 2001), I have found that it’s not the best approach.
Most guitar players that try to simply memorize, just end up remembering one or two of these, and have trouble using them comfortably in all keys. Even those who do use all 5 fingerings, they usually have to climb up from one fingering to the next, not being able to freely jump wherever they feel like on the fretboard.
Well, I happen to have a solution for this, and it’s called SFS, or the "String Fragment System”, which I have been teaching to my students since 2010 with great results. This is an approach based on understanding the structure of a scale and mapping it intelligently everywhere on the fretboard.
Once you learn how it works, and get used to it, you can then apply it to learn any kind of scale even faster. I usually start my students with pentatonics and then move to the modes of the major scale, the modes of melodic and harmonic minor, symmetric scales, etc. What happens is that they become faster at learning every new scale, because the skills for using SFS are already there.
You can even apply this system to 4,5,6 string bass, 7 string guitar or actually whatever stringed instrument. If you are interested to learn more about SFS, check out SFS Fretboard Secrets.