The diagram below is the E minor pentatonic with the root of E. You can play the E minor chord (Black B and Red E) over the E minor pentatonic. I consider both sus2 and sus4 chords as embellishments and the sus4 as a fairly strong sound to take you to a new chord or key. For example, Dsus4 = D-G-A and Gsus2 = G-A-D have the same notes. Just use short “suspended” boxes for a quick riff over a suspended chord. The pattern shape stays the same! ‘D Major Pentatonic’ contains the following notes: D – E – F# – A – B The relative minor of D major is B minor. Note that the D dominant suspended scale resolves as a V7 chord or moves smoothly to G major. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 10th fret. To play this scale, start with the bottom E string, place your third finger on the third fret of the bottom E string and pick the string. The G major suspended scale also sounds great resolving to a G major triad. The D Pentatonic Major is a five-note scale. They are used to break up a “long” section of a single chord, to add ornamentation and embellishment or to signal a change to a new chord. C major pentatonic = C-D-E-G-A = 1-2-3-5-6 = R-M2-M3-P5-M6 Follow this pattern all the way to the top E string (thinnest string). If you only see the word “suspended” or the abbreviation “sus”, then that refers to the more common suspended chord, the sus4 type. Since this is G major pentatonic, we are starting on the G note. When you study solos from lead guitarists, many of them only cover three or four frets! If you are stuck in the pentatonic box then this is the way out of it. It’s a good exercise to map out your own chords. Below are the shapes I prefer. Have fun with it! Start in different sections of the patterns and work your way up and then down. Big list of common triads and four note chords of the scale D Major Pentatonic. After you work with the pentatonic scales and are comfortable with them, you can add the 4 th and the 7 th intervals to make a major scale. Continue through the rest of the pattern with the finger patterns, as shown above. This is not a beginner guitar article on suspended chords. For example: Dsus4 resolves best to D major but also to G major. The major and minor pentatonic scales are matched as follows: This is the 2nd Position of the Pentatonic scale. Practice this scale by playing it up and then back down. If the song is in a minor key (Em), then you play the Em pentatonic. Due to the coronavirus, I have lost 80% or more of my income. Darker color marks the root notes, which are D tones. Donations will allow me to pay my bills and provide you with great content. That’s too many for this article. Scale - Pentatonic Major 1,2,3,5,6 FULL-th pattern Root note - D Guitar Tuning: Standard - E-A-D-G-B-E Sus4 chords resolve best to the major version of itself and secondly to the major version of its fourth. But the notes D & G ONLY build suspended chords. Also, take a look at my Chords from Scales article for insight into all the possible chords that can be built from various popular scales. Positions Along The Fretboard: The best way to practice any guitar scale … However, many guitarists stay within one or two patterns when they are playing their “licks” on a song, Let’s take a look at the five patterns of the pentatonic scale. When you use the G major pentatonic, the G note serves as the tonal center. The fret numbers are at the bottom of the scale shapes. The best way to learn the pentatonic scales is by memorizing the five patterns of the scale. By the way, the sus2 chord equals the sus4 chord in 1st inversion. All PayPal contributions are greatly appreciated! This is the best technique if you are looking to build your skills long term for playing guitar. The intervals of the major scale that create half steps (4th/7th) are removed from the scale. What is the difference between a major pentatonic and a minor pentatonic? Important: The fretboard is shown with the lowest pitch string at the bottom and the highest pitch string at the top (unless you've tuned your instrument differently.) Play through both patterns and play them ascending and descending. Each scale consists of five patterns of five notes that can be played in any key up and down the fretboard. Work up and down through the notes of the scale. The C major pentatonic scale rooted on the notes D & G have the intervals and chords that form the 2 suspended scales that are a part of the major pentatonic scale. They have an unsteady sound that needs resolution. I call this scale or mode either the Dominant Suspended pentatonic or maybe the 7sus or 9sus mode. If you are unfamiliar with intervals, then also read my Music Intervals article. D Major Pentatonic Scale Diagrams D Major Pentatonic Fretboard Diagram. Favorite Chords: For the closed sus4 chords I prefer 1 (better than 2), 3 (but it’s hard), 5, 6, and 9.