Kirk Fletcher offers a blues guitar lesson on the different ways to start your solos in the minor pentatonic scale

Guitarist Kirk Fletcher playing a Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: Kirk Fletcher / YouTube)

YouTube really can be a gift for guitarists; you'll find pro players willing to offer valuable lessons and insight for free. And this short but sweet tutorial with the inspirational Kirk Fletcher is a must-see for blues players.

Kirk's talking about launching pads and target notes in the minor pentatonic / blues scale here that can help focus and structure your solos. It's a great way to kickstart new approaches and add confidence to your phrasing. 

He offers three different positions for us to start. "You get a lot of mileage out of that pentatonic blues scale by just putting it at different positions on the fingerboard, and having different launching pads," he explains. 

"A lot of times I'll start with a theme and play it in a lot of different places on the neck," he notes later. 

Check it out above and subscribe to the Kirk Fletcher YouTube channel for more videos. for more info on Kirk and his touring schedule check out

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.