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post May 13 2008, 11:10 AM
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i'd like to use a back on my pentatonics.

which pentatonics I have to use with different chords (ex A, B, etc.)

which lesson is good for this?

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post May 13 2008, 11:39 AM
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Hi Emanuele,
it's related to the "feel".
You can use the A minor pentatonic over an Amin chord, as example.
But also over the A major chord. This sounds more bluesy.

As general rule if you use a X major pentatonic scale over a X chord you have a kind of "country feel".

Using X minor pentatonic over a X min chord is more "rock-blues".

Too much words... you must experiment right now smile.gif

I made a lesson using strictly the D minor pentatonic scale.


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post May 13 2008, 11:50 AM
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There are so many answers for that question- you will find a many of those answers yourself after reading through Andrew's theory lessons here:

As a quick answer- for using your A minor pentatonic you could use the chords:

As a basic power chord approach you could use these chords: A5, D5 and E5

A5-> A5 -> A5-> A5 -> D5 -> D5 -> A5 -> A5-> E5 -> D5 -> A5 -> E5 <and repeat>
(this is a typical 12 bar blues form, each chord represents one bar of music, which is 4 beats in this case)

Or you could use triads of these chords..which would be A minor, D minor, E minor

Am-> Am -> Am-> Am -> Dm -> Dm -> Am -> Am-> Em -> Dm -> Am -> Em <and repeat>

For those example using A minor pentatonic would work well.

However- i'm a big fan of learning the thoery behind these once you have read through the more basic lessons in Andrew's theory board- i suggest you check out this lesson:

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post May 13 2008, 12:53 PM
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Could you not use A minor pentatonic over a progression that has its notes in it? For example A minor has the notes


So could you note play A minor over any of those chord progressions that contain those notes?
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