The 5 Positions As outlined in my article on the CAGED System, I refer to the five positions by where the roots are. By expanding out of the box, like with any scale, you'll have more freedom to move around intuitively, using slides, wide interval hammer-ons and pull-offs, tapping and other fluid lead guitar techniques to create fluid and musical solos. The 5 shapes shown below are all the same scale (G major pentatonic scale) just played in different positions, so you can learn the scale all over the neck. Intervals.) In the diagram below, you can see the shared notes between each of the minor pentatonic scale positions. When the roots fall on strings 1, 4, and 6, I call it the “1-4-6 position.” When the roots fall on strings 2 and 5, I call That’s the whole purpose, eventually you want to have the freedom to be (Recommended prerequisite knowledge: Intro to the Minor Pentatonic Scale, The CAGED System, Scale Degrees vs. The 5 CAGED Shapes vs the 5 Pentatonic Positions Now that we are clear on the difference between these 2 systems of fretboard visualization, and you recognize that sometimes it is beneficial to see the overlap between the CAGED shapes and the pentatonic positions, here are some fretboard diagrams for you to practice with: We've learned the basics of the scale, now it's time to learn harmonic minor positions across the entire fretboard so we can create one, large "unboxed" pattern. The natural minor scale can be played in 5 different positions just like the major scale, the pentatonic scale and all the other scales. These 5 positions are all one and the same natural minor scale but played in different shapes and areas on the fretboard to give you the freedom to play the scale all over the neck and improvise without restrictions. Identifying guitar positions with the first finger only applies to single notes, not chords. After position 5, the patterns repeat with position 5 connecting back to position 1. When you form a chord you have to play several notes at a time. That means your first finger will often have to move to a different fret in order to Refer back to full diagram and you can see how these scale patterns connect on the neck. See also The 5 Major Pentatonic Positions. This article serves as a reference for navigating minor pentatonic scales all over the guitar fretboard.