3 Notes Per String Pentatonic

28 Jan

I have always been inspired by lines played by funk sax players like Sanborn, Marienthal o Brecker, lines which are unique because of the characteristics of the instrument to produce the same note with two different fingerings (but this is possible on the guitar,too), together with their aggressive feel and a bluesy approach (= pentatonis, bends…). In this post you will find the fingerings for pentatonic scale three notes per string in position (to get the “false fingering” feel) and three notes per string trough the neck, to get fast and smooth lines.

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Gianni Chiarello has gained a reputation as an extremely versatile musician, having professional credits as a guitarist, bassist, arranger and producer. His music is a preconception-free mix of Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B and contemporary elements, influenced by .

Born in Italy, in his forming years he performed with some of his country’s finest musicians working towards developing different styles, from rock to pop, funk and jazz. In 1999 he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music, on a scholarship program, where he graduated with a Degree “Magna cum laude” in Professional Music, studying under the direction of Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook, Brett Willmott and Dave Samuels, also playing in the Boston area and along the States’ east coast as a freelance musician.

Alongside studio work, he has been performing with, and leading as Musical Director, numerous bands and orchestras, comping for celebrities from the sixties like The Platters, The Coasters, Bobby Arvon, The Diamonds, Vegas – Broadway entertainers like Tony Tillman, Kenny James, Hal Fraiser, Lorna Luft, Ben Vereen, Susan Anton and Roy Walker. Furthermore his work entailed musical theatre style production reviews, encompassing shows such as “Smokey Joe’s Café”, “We Will Rock You”, “Starlight Express”, “Grease” and “Rent”.

After relocating to the UK in 2005, has performed, amongst others with Robbie McIntosh (John Mayer, Paul Mccartney) Jeremy Stacey (Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow), Jason Rebello (Sting, Jeff Beck), Iain Ballamy and many others. His latest instructional eBooks can now be purchased online: “Contemporary solo guitar” (2008) and “Contemporary blues soloing” (2009) “Contemporary Blues Chords and Comping” (2011)

8 thoughts on “3 Notes Per String Pentatonic

  1. Great stuff G.. i have just one question, are you playing the 2nd note with your 2nd finger or your 3rd? I get asked this all the time in lessons, and never know quite how to advise, as i always use my 2nd! But i always go with frank gambales method; he says 4 notes per string is unesessary, if you use the right positions, and the same goes for this 3 notes per string pents! There is another way to get round the more notes thing! God i wish i was a webdesigner! Cheers tho dude!

    • 2nd or 3nd finger….In my case it depends where I am going next: if I am staying in the same position I tend to play with my 3rd finger, if I am shifting down the fretboard I tend to use my 2nd finger…that's just me. In cases like these I always suggest to learn to play well with both the 2nd and 3rd finger. I agree with Frank, but you cannot get the slightly different sound of that repeated note if you play a 2 note per string fingering.

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