Casey Saulpaugh and Steve Newbrough
While many guitarists use the CAGED system to navigate the fretboard with pentatonic scales, the diagonal pentatonic scales can allow a guitarist to break out of those overused boxes. As described below, placing two or three note sets per string can allow a guitarist to use a simpler and more consistent left hand fingering.
Like any musician, as guitarists we strive to articulate the musical ideas we hear in our head through our instrument. However, with multiple strings, scale shapes, and keys, it can seem like there are endless possibilities to playing just one idea. This can seem promising, but also overwhelming: with so many possibilities sometimes utilizing the fretboard can feel like being lost in a maze.
Luckily, as with any maze, there is a way out, and the Diagonal Pentatonic Method is like having an...