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The pentatonic scale is perhaps our most versatile collection of notes for improvising and playing melodically. This collection of patterns serves as a resource of practice material to improve your technique with the pentatonic scale in all keys. Free Sample Downloads
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Each etude is designed to teach you an element of pentatonic patterns and improvisation techniques. Steve Kortyka guides you step by step so you’re not just playing the notes, but learning the tools you need to become a better improviser.
Listen and practice along to recordings of each etude played over the original BetterTrax.com backing track accompaniment.
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