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Weird Trick to Help You Memorize Pentatonic Patterns

Some of you might recognize Steve Stine, the guitarist in the July 2016 video below, from his many lessons (which include tab and video) on (click here to see 'em all).

But even if you don't, we think you'll find this video pretty handy; if nothing else, it shows why Stine is one of the most accomplished and talented guitar instructors on YouTube (We're also fond of our own Jimmy Brown).

The clip is called "One Weird Trick to Memorizing Pentatonic Patterns," and, as one viewer puts it on YouTube, it's really kind of ingenious.

"It's not as hard as you think it is if you start learning to visualize each one of these five patterns as two groups of 1-4 and three groups of 1-3," Stine says in the clip. "That's all they ever are." To find out what exactly he's talking about, check out the clip. To download tabs for this lesson, head here. You'll have to enter your email address.

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Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.