Cleartone Strings Prove Brighter, Longer – Pentatonic Cells Exercise
12 May. 2015

Cleartone Strings Prove Brighter, Longer – Pentatonic Cells Exercise


There are many variables that can lead to the demise of a guitar string. Perhaps the guitar resides along the coast. The salty air oxidizes the strings at an alarming tempo, leaving guitarists frustrated at the rate in which they must change their strings. Overplaying in the same area of the neck can also leave the strings vulnerable due to acute wear and tear. Whether one is playing a blistering lead in the same vicinity of the neck or strumming ‘cowboy’ chords over and over, treated strings, such as Cleartone’s, are indeed a solution, allowing more brilliance and longevity. Below is an exercise examining the Pentatonic Scale in the key of A minor.


The exercise can be played by picking every note or hammering on every other note as you ascend, and pulling off every other note as you descend. Let’s say the guitar player only played this line in one position or one key over and over again, for days. After a while the string will sound a bit lackluster in that area, possibly even warped. As an educator I encourage all of my students to learn everything in every key and position to maximize their knowledge potential. A nice side effect is longer lasting strings since the pressure is more evenly distributed. For those students who fancy one key, use Cleartone’s strings to ensure the maximum lifespan out of your strings.


The exercise below is written in tablature for fingering and those that are not readers of standard notation. I encourage all musicians to learn how to read.


E——————|—————-|—————-|—————–|—————–|—————-|————–|———–5-|


B——————|—————-|—————-|—————–|—————–|————-5-|——–5—8-|–5—8——|


G——————|—————-|—————-|————–5-|———–5—7-|—-5—7——-|-5—7——–|-7————|


D——————|————-5-|———–5—7-|——5—7—–|-5—7———-|-7————-|—————|—————|


A————5—7-|—–5—7—–|-5—7———–|-7————–|—————–|—————|—————|—————|


E-5—8———–|-8————-|—————–|—————–|—————–|—————|—————|————–|

Here is a link to an illustration of the exercise above.

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