Welcome to the Scott Paddock Sax School! This course is laser focused on getting the sound of the pentatonic scale in your ears and under your fingers. Using a step by step process, I break down everything you need to know to add this familiar sound to your arsenal of scales, licks, and patterns.

When you finish this course, you will:

  • Know your major pentatonic scale in all 12 keys
  • Know your minor pentatonic scale in all 12 keys
  • Know tons of pentatonic licks & patterns
  • Be able to alter licks & patterns to personalize them
  • Understand how to use scale degrees to transpose licks & patterns
  • Know how to create your own licks & patterns
  • Be able to recognize the sound of the pentatonic scale
  • Know how to incorporate the blues scale into the pentatonic scale

THIS IS NOT A BEGINNER COURSE. This course will teach you how to use the pentatonic scale to learn and create licks, but to be successful with this course, you need to already have a basic foundation of scales & technique.

Prerequisites for the Pentatonic Licks & Patterns Course:

  • Have all of your major scales memorized.
  • Be able to perform technique exercises comfortably at 100 bpm.
  • Understand what scale degrees are.


This would be a great course to start after finishing the Intermediate: part 1 Pathway Course. You will be able to easily incorporate the licks & patterns you learn in this course into the improvisation set list you just learned in the Part 1 Pathway, and having the first set of Chop Shop exercises under your belt will make learning these licks and patterns much easier.