Turning Pentatonics Into Music

Skill Building Guitar Course from Tony Martinez

Have you gotten your pentatonic scales down and now you're not sure how to make them sound a bit more musical? In this course, Tony Martinez gives you some tips and tricks on how to turn those notes into actual music!

30 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

Tony will cover both major and minor pentatonic scales throughout this course. He starts us out by breaking down roots, where to add notes, and giving us a few tricks like; micro bends and vibrato to add to these scales. As you progress through this course, Tony will give you solos along the way to help you implement all the tips and tricks you've acquired to really give you a firm grasp on content and make you a more confident player!



Tony Martinez introduces us to "Turning Pentatonics Into Music"!

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Tony dives into this first lesson with the fundamentals on why root notes are most important notes no matter what key you are playing in.

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We Know Where the Root is, Let's Use It!

Now that we have the roots underneath our fingers, let's practice resolving any lick we come across to the root.

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The Details Make the Difference

It's all about the details! In this lesson, Tony breaks down how some ideas like micro bends and vibrato can change the tone of a musical piece, similar to the idea of how we have different inflections in our voice to convey different emotions.

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Still Sounds Like the Scale?

Now that we have a handful of ideas on how to make the pentatonic scale unique, Tony demonstrates how we need to then implement intervalic ideas, in order to begin to make our pentatonic scale sound more like a musical piece.

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More Intervalic Fun

Let's build on the idea from the previous lesson, instead of jumping to the root every time Tony demonstrates other licks that we can resolve from.

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Are You Too Vertical?

Let's explore our fretboard a little more horizontally by moving our licks up and down the neck.

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Minor Solo

Now time for the first solo! Taking all of our cumulative knowledge from the previous lessons, lets incorporate those ideas into this solo.

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Let's Look at Major Now!

Moving onto the major pentatonic scale, Tony breaks down how to overcome some major hurdles we may come across when coming from the minor pentatonic scale.

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That Major Sound

Now we have the roots down, lets take a look at how the major sound is different then the minor sound.

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The BB Box

Tony talks about B.B. King box and where to find it on our guitars!

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Intervallic Jumps

In this lesson, Tony gives a closer look into intervallic jumps and how they steer the tone of our music.

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The Pentatonic Highway

In this strength-building lesson, Tony helps us find the most comfortable fingering when going up and down the neck.

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Using Triads

For this lesson Tony unpacks triads!

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Major Solo

Time for our second solo! For this solo, we take all of the tools we have learned so far in this course and put them to use!

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Mixing Major and Minor Pentatonic

In this next lesson, Tony will explain how we can blend the major and minor pentatonic scales to achieve a unique sound

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The Third Rules!

How does changing from a minor third to a major third effect our sound? Tony will demonstrate by adding a major third to a minor pentatonic scale in this lesson

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We Can Do it in Major Too!

Up next, we will learn how we can add the minor third to our major pentatonic scale for added color

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The Sixth

Adding a major sixth to our minor pentatonic scale can provide some added depth when applied properly and Tony will show us precisely how to do that in this next lesson

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What About the b7?

For our next lesson, we will focus on incorporating the b7 into our major pentatonic scale, which will give us a very bluesy vibe

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May the Fourth Be With You!

Tony shows us how we can use the fourth interval in order to achieve a suspended sound in our solos

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Black or White?

In this lesson, Tony describes what it means to aim for a "gray" sound by combining our major and minor pentatonics fluidly

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Solo Time!

It's time for us to apply the concepts we've learned in the last few lessons to a solo. Tony will demonstrate by weaving in and out of the major and minor pentatonic scales over the backing track

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Adding Notes

For this next lesson, Tony will explain how we can add notes to our major and minor pentatonic scales without compromising the feel of the pentatonic scale

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Adding the 9th

Now we will take a look at how we can add the ninth/second interval to our minor pentatonic scale which will expand our tonal possibilities

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Time to Run

As guitar players, we all love to play FAST! In our next lesson, we will learn how to include the ninth/second interval in our minor pentatonic-based licks with speed!

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Rock Time or Ballad Time?

Tony will explain how we can switch between our major and minor sixths in our solos to produce a different feel in both a rock and a ballad context

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Other Ways to Sound Cool!

This lesson will focus on different techniques that we can apply to our playing. These techniques will give us a variety of sounds that we can use in different situations

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Are Arpeggios Boring?

For the next lesson, we will learn how to use arpeggios in our playing without them sounding like arpeggios. This technique is very useful in any style of music that you may encounter

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The Final Solo!

To wrap things up, Tony gives us an example of how we can take everything we have learned in this course to construct a captivating solo over a track.

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  • Mallorca,
  • Playing since 1996
  • 90 lessons at JamPlay
Tony was born in Mallorca Spain in 1984. He began playing the piano at age 5 and started guitar at the age of 12. He became serious about his guitar playing at the age of 14.

Tony was born in Mallorca Spain in 1984. He began playing the piano at age 5 and started guitar at the age of 12. He became serious about his guitar playing at the age of 14. His Main influence is rock and blues but enjoys all forms of music that are done with charisma. Tony have been touring with Gloria Gaynor for several years and enjoys being able to play daily and travel the globe with his guitar on his back.
Reviews & Feedback 95/100 with 42 ratings

Best lesson on lead bending pentatonic I ever had.


great practical application in the exercises


I have had a number of teachers of guitar, but I am suspecting that Tony may be the one that turns the trick for me. May the Soul of Spain be with us!


Nice solo!