Guitar Pentatonic Scales?
First of all – do chords in a song have to be in the same key?
Second – I am learning the Pentatonic scales and the extended pentatonic scale, now that i have learnt them i am trying solo over chords. Could someone please explain what pentatonic scales i would use over certain chords. For example if i were playing D,C,G chords would i solo over the top with a Dminor pentatonic? Or could i use a C or G Pentatonic scale?
Last – If i were playing a E bar chord witch is on the 7th fret, could i use the pentatonic scale from the route on the E string being B. So i would be using a B pentatonic scale over the chord E, would this sound right?
Thank you, i know that im being stupid but could someone please answer.
1) Just think about this: if there were a "rule" about something like that, how would it be enforced? Don’t you think that songwriters would just do whatever they wanted to anyway?
2) What is the "extended pentatonic scale"? That doesn’t make sense. I have a feeling that you’re confusing a shape/fingering with the actual scale. Just because you play notes outside of a specific fingering doesn’t mean you’re playing a different scale. The scale extends above and below the fingering pattern you’re using. For example, A minor pentatonic has the notes A C D E and G in it. EVERY A C D E and G note on the guitar is part of the A minor pentatonic scale.
Here is a nice article on pentatonic scales that should clear up some of your confusion (and straighten some things out in your head).
A simple general rule to follow is minor pentatonic for minor chords, major pentatonic for major chords. So if your chord progression is E – A – F#m – B then you could use E major pentatonic over the E chord, A major pentatonic over the A chord, F# minor pentatonic over the F#m chord… you get the idea.
3) B minor pentatonic scale will sound okay over an E7 chord… you’ll have to watch out for that A note though… that one will sound bad against the G# in the chord.
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