Learn the Pentatonic Scale

The pentatonic scale is the first scale any guitar player should learn. It is the easiest, and also the most important. Even if you never learn another scale in your life, if you master the pentatonic scale, you’ll go far — it’s that important!

With that said, here is the video:

The scale in this video is the minor pentatonic scale, and the scale pattern for it is below. The numbers represent your fingers; index being 1, pinky being 4. The red note is the root, and the others are octaves of that same note.

 E:  |--1--|—--|—--|--4--|  — 1st string
 B:  |--1--|—--|—--|--4--|
 G:  |--1--|—--|--3--|—--|
 D:  |--1--|—--|--3--|—--|
 A:  |--1--|—--|--3--|—--|
 E:  |--1--|—--|—--|--4--| —  6th string

The tab starts at the 5th fret (Am Pentatonic position)

You can see the whole fretboard in the diagram on the right. The red notes are the root notes. Try to get used to seeing how the scale repeats itself. Every time you see a red note, that’s the octave, and it means the scale is starting over again.

The minor pentatonic scale I just showed you in this video is really only the tip of the iceberg. If you really want to accelerate your mastery of blues guitar, checkout Playing Through The Blues by Griff Hamlin. It’s a great course that will have you on your way in no time!

Thanks to Jonathan at  GuitarTipsWeekly.com for this article!

Do you have a favorite pentatonic phrase or lick?  Share it in the comments

Vicky Beeching – Deliverer

Check out today’s free MP3 from Vicky Beeching and her new song Deliverer.

You can find many songs from Vicky here on Rockin with the Cross.

Deliverer (Vicky Beeching & Sarah MacIntosh)

Deliverer, come set me free,
Break ev’ry chain holding me.
Deliverer, come, have Your way.
I surrender to Your rule and reign.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

You say the word and mountains are moved;
Oceans and stars stand in awe of You.
Just say the word, I will be changed.
We’ll see Your face and we will not be the same.

‘Cause where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is hope.
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is healing. (x2)

And Your blood is enough to break every chain (x8)
Every chain, every chain.

Worship God!

Revelation 4:2-11

Revelation 4:2-11

My wife was researching the biblical foundation of our purpose to worship God and passed along this brief sermon to me. I thought I’d share it with you as a reminder of our purpose to worship.

Excerpt taken from desiringgod.org

Worship God!

Revelation 22:8-9

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”

I begin with Revelation 22:9 not because I intend to do an exposition of it today, but because I want us to hear the simple command, “Worship God!” The angel said to John, when he fell down at the angel’s feet, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.” In other words, don’t worship angels, worship God! Don’t worship nothing, worship God! Don’t neglect God or despise God, worship God! This is the last chapter of the Bible, and this is the last duty of man: worship God!

Who or what are you worshiping today?


So, you’re going out with the guys to play some football. Do you warm up before you actually start playing? Do you stretch out your hamstrings? What about before you play guitar? Do you warm up your fingers? Maybe we’re all not playing like Lincoln Brewster today, but its still a good idea to warm up.

Here is a simple pattern that moves across the strings and works out each finger.

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You can use warmups to limber up your fingers. Or use warmups to increase your speed. Use warmups as practice for moving around the fretboard.

What warmup patterns or licks do you use?

The Inside Scoop on “Inside” by Jared Anderson

Many thanks once again to Chad Tipps for giving us the break-down on the electric part he plays on songs (Desparation Band, Jared Anderson, etc).

In this video, Chad highlights the electric guitar part in the song “Inside” by Jared Anderson.  You’ll also get a glimpse of the effects and techniques used on this song.

You can find the chords to this song on RWTC.

You can also see this song performed live in this video with Jared Anderson.

Check out Chad’s facebook group, Tippsy Tipps. You can get more of Chad’s videos there as well as interact with him and other guitar players. Chad is also hosting a guitar seminar for players in the Colorado Springs area, so check out Chad on Facebook.

Guitarists in Colorado Springs

Friday, April 2nd, we will be meeting at my house to snack, hang out, and I will share some ideas reguarding:

Band Charts // Rhythm Notation // Part Writing

This meeting will especially benefit young players who serve in Worship teams. RSVP required. See Tippsy’s Tipps page for details.

Have a great weekend and keep playing and practicing for the glory of God.

Tone Techniques (part 1)

By Michael Hodge (reprinted from the Roland Worship Connection by permission)

This is part one of a two-part article by Michael Hodge profiling his pedal boards and how he uses them throughout the varied facets of his ministry.

What a great time to be a guitar player! I have the honor to play on the worship team at Lakewood Church in Houston. Every service is multi-tracked (100+ tracks) and mixed for TV and the internet. There is always a present realization in the band that we ARE recording…yikes! One thing I love about my job is sharing what I have learned to help those we are mentoring and raising up. Here, I’m going to share a little about my pedal board and I hope it might give you some ideas.

I am blessed to have some great gear to use in worship and recording. I actually have a few different pedal boards, including a big one that I use for our services and a small, but mighty, “flyable” one that I use when we travel. All the pedal boards have numerous BOSS pedals, of course!

The following are pedals I actually use, in the signal flow order, on my various pedalboards.

TU-3 Tuner
I usually hit the TU-3 tuner first. This is a great tuner and lights are brighter than the TU-2. One cool thing is it buffers the signal a bit and has that extra out for the bypass mode. I’ve also used it in the tuner output of the BOSS volume pedal.

CS-3 Compressor
I use different compressors to get different sounds. I have used the CS-3 in the studio for years as well. I like its tone control. Many compressors cause you to increase bottom and lose high end when they are on. I tend to leave the compressor on most of the time when I’m playing live. You can also use this pedal as a clean boost for clean, Coldplay-type lines. Try it sometime!

PW-10 Wah
On my “fly” board I use the PW-10 Wah. It is lightweight and really versatile. It has a Roto-Vibe built in, which saves me from having to have that extra pedal if I’m doing a recording out of the country. I use the Wah a lot for tonal things like on the bridge of Everywhere I Go. I play this “two-string staccato” riff and use the Wah to filter and add energy to the part. I also love it for the guitar fills later in that song. It’s kind of an old-school thing used by The Who in Who Are You. It can add a whole cool dynamic for guitar solos. Thank you Jimi Hendrix!

NS-2 Noise Suppressor
I have just recently discovered the NS-2. An engineer friend told me about it. Where has it been all my life!? This pedal is on my studio board and is just now going on my main church board. At Lakewood there is incredible hum due to the LCD screens both in front of me and right behind me. I am really thrilled at how the NS-2 is taking the hum out. It doesn’t really mess with the tone, which was my main concern. I highly recommend this pedal.

TR-2 Tremolo
I am really happy with this tremolo. I have some “boutique” ones, too, but for the money, the TR-2 sounds great and can do the real choppy tremolo as well as the smooth. This is a great pedal if you want to add color to a volume and delay swell. It’s cool for clean guitar lines, and I use it sometimes on big, open, crunch whole-note chords.

PH-3 Phase Shifter
I mainly use this live instead of an “Adrenelinn” for the intro of Say So. It’s also similar to the sound on John Mayer’s Bigger Than My Body – very cool when you need it! There are some other settings that can give a great throaty sound with distortion.

We’re just getting started, but these are a few of my “bread-n-butter” pedals. In Part 2 of this article, I’ll talk about some more exotic pedals like the RT-20 and get into one of the staples of modern worship music – delay and my DD-20!

I have collected pedals for a while and have amassed quite a few. Some of my pedals are from other companies as well. I’m into using what I think sounds great. It just happens that BOSS pedals are ruling my pedalboards and have been for a long time.

BOSS Pedal Board
Signal path for Michael’s BOSS pedals

Michael Hodge is a self-described “pedal geek” and is currently a guitarist, producer and worship band leader at Lakewood Church in Houston. Check out Michael’s guitar tones on any Lakewood recording, such as Free to Worship. If you’d like to get in touch with Michael, email him at michael@michaelhodge.com.

What’s your style?

In the words of Bruce Lee, “My style is the art of fighting without fighting.” So, what does that have to do with today’s blog post? Um… I’m really not sure … oh wait, that’s right, I was asking “what’s your style?” … style of guitar.

Today’s post is an unofficial poll on what style guitar do you play? Leave your vote in the comments

  1. Electric Guitar
  2. Acoustic Guitar
  3. Both acoustic & electric
  4. Bass Guitar
  5. I don’t play guitar
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