The 3+2 Pentatonic Minor

This pentatonic minor pattern is one of my favorites for a couple of different reasons…

First, it’s easy to remember because you play the same thing over and over again – the whole pattern is only 2 strings 🙂

But also, it’s cool for a “get up and get out” from where you’re currently playing. You can get across the fretboard almost immediately to a new area.

Enjoy and experiment with it!


  • Mike

    Reply Reply January 16, 2019

    This pattern reminds me of Hendrix’s Castles Made Of Sand. Thanks Griff.

  • Chris

    Reply Reply January 9, 2019

    A light just went off with this one! One of your best lessons.

  • JimJ

    Reply Reply January 9, 2019

    Why no download?
    No tab?

  • Charles

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    Hey Gruiff I was wondering do you have any information on what and how to use paddles, I’ve got a few but not sure how to hook them in the correct place. As you know you know I’ve gotten a few items from you.

  • Brian M

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    Good stuff! I have been using this for awhile but I learned it a little differently. For minor Pentatonic, I do the 2+3 version, where I use my ring finger on the root note. In the key of A, I play the G and A on the sixth string, then move to the 5th string to play C – D – E, repeating up the strings and neck. Every note is two frets away from the previous note. For the major pentatonic I use the 3+2 (A – B – C#) and then (E – F#) repeating each set of strings. But…I’m still going to try Griff’s approach to the minor pentatonic to see how it compares.

  • Eric M

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    This was the first blues pattern I figured out when was first becoming aware of the Blues in my 20s. I knew nothing about keys nor boxes. I just played along with records and found it worked.

  • Bobby Dungan

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    Kool lesson,
    Always learning good stuff Griff

  • Rob Shannon

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    The flow of this piece is very helpful. I truly appreciate your method of teaching. It allows us to think for ourselves and create something that is specifically our own.


  • Jack

    Reply Reply January 8, 2019

    Nice easy pattern to play with thank you these little extras go so well with your course
    And your concept of teaching

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