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Hi Mike: Really enjoyed this lesson and am having fun playing with the various patterns. But here’s my question: I don’t fully understand why moving the pattern up the neck so that the root changes, (i.e., from G to A to B etc.) and using the same pattern in each case allows one to play freely in the key of G (or Em). Seems like moving the pattern results in accessing a different pentatonic (A, B, etc.). Does this “work” because you are following the 1,2,3, etc. of the G scale? And if that’s so, then presumably you could do the same by starting on an A root (in the down neck position) and then moving up accordingly, just making sure that you’re moving the appropriate distance in each case.

Hope this makes sense….