None But Jesus (pentatonic scale)

After Jerome did the tabs for None but Jesus, I was improvising over the instrumental, and came up with this variation which makes heavy use of the pentatonic scale. The pentatonic scale comprises of just 5 notes - 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 - so its a good tool to start your improvisations.



C major (or A minor) pentatonic scales look like this:

------------------5-8---
--------------5-8-------
---------5-7------------
-----5-7----------------
-5-7--------------------
------------------------

-10-8----------------
------10-8-----------
-----------9-7-------
---------------10-7--
---------------------
---------------------

-------------------------12-15-
-------------------13-15-------
-------------12-14-------------
-------12-14-------------------
-12-15-------------------------
-------------------------------

Lastly, add lots of slides and bends to jazz it up, else it'd sound pretty bland with just 5 notes.

Tabs
I under-bent several of the bends so that the note just misses by a bit to get a bluesy effect.

---------------------------------------
-5-6-8---------------------------------
-------5-7-----5-7-7b9r7-5h7-5---------
-----------5s7-----------------7-5h7-7-
---------------------------------------
---------------------------------------

--------------------------8-10b12-10-8-10-
-5-7-8---------------8-10-----------------
-------5-7---5h7-7s9----------------------
-----------7------------------------------
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------

-8--------------------12-------------12-------
---10-10--13-15-15b17----15-13-15b17----15-13-
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------

---------------------------15-------------------
-15p13----13----13h15-15b17---17r15-15-13-------
-------14----14---------------------------14-12-
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------

-------------------------------------------12----
-------------------------------------13-15-15b17-
-14-12----12-------------------12-14-------------
-------14----14-12-------12-14-------------------
-------------------12-15-------------------------
-------------------------------------------------

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

sweet :)

whitey said...

awesome, diz instrumental rockz ^_^

Anonymous said...

hi, what effect did you used?

ghostalker said...

------------------
-5-7-8------------
---------5-7-----5-7
-------------5s7----
------------------
------------------

some typo on first part/notes
it should be
--------
-5-6-8--
-------
-------
-------
-------

Anonymous said...

tabs for the last 2 minutes of the song please!

Anonymous said...

what kind of strings do you use? as in width?

kenny said...

10-46s

Anonymous said...

how do u know which scales to use and y did u use more than i scale??

Anonymous said...

i ment to say more than 1 scale...cause isnt it like if the songs in the key of C , u play the C pentatonic scale, but how do u have 2 scales????

Eric Stevens said...

Ah, Kenny!

I love this.

You're so gifted. Keep it up.

warrazola51 said...

aye dude i think the tabs are wrong
can u check if they r right

heatfan8933 said...

yeah, someone doing a video of that second instrumental part would be awesome.

teeb said...

hmm.. i dont get it yet.. when is says --5--6--8-- you are using a "F" but in the pentomic scale for c major there is no F because it is the 4th note
C D E F G A B
C D E G A=pentomic? Im still trying to figure this out ..

teeb said...

hm... how did.. u get the
-------------------------12-15-
-------------------13-15-------
-------------12-14-------------
-------12-14-------------------
-12-15-------------------------
-------------------------------

??? The 12 is An "A" would it me "A minor scale still??" thankz for helping guys

Stephen said...

hey teeb,
kenny said he relied heavily on the pentatonic scale
but he still used some other notes too

and an A minor pentatonic is the relative minor of the C major pentatonic

all the same notes
just different starting note