Here are a few stages I have identified on the road to mastering Woody’s approach to pentatonics:
- Mastery of each individual pentatonic scale, getting them “under the fingers”. This includes all the available intervals within the scale. To be achieved by repetition of formulated exercises.
- The ability to be able to comfortably improvise on any given pentatonic scale.
- Being able to switch between pentatonic scales a certain interval apart (eg. a semitone apart would be C-D flat, a tone would be C-D, etc). To be accomplished at first by playing formulated exercises with regular rhythmic groupings.
- After the preceeding exercises have been mastered, switch to irregular rhythmic groupings.
- The final goal: the ability to incorporate various pentatonic scales at will whilst improvising, switching between the different scales with ease and utilising a wide range of rhythmic groupings.