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post Sep 10 2009, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE (Muris Varajic @ Sep 9 2009, 11:11 PM) *
That one great question imo
but the answer is not that easy to be found. smile.gif

The thing is with our ears and how they are "raised" by us.
If you listen a lot to Iron Maiden (just an example)
you'll become comfortable with use of full diatonic scale ( minor scale mostly) in solos.
On the other hand if you're into Blues a lot you'll enjoy pentatonic most of the time.
And those 2 scales DO sound different, they give different moods.
Have you ever tried to play full minor scale over a blues progression, over and over?
Somehow it just sounds wrong, too mellow, maybe even naive, right?
2nd degree and 6th degree (specially minor 6th), they just don't fit the mood.
And that;s whey people tend to use Dorian a lot in Blues to spice things up a little,
they even just add major 6th to pentatonic, still avoiding 2nd.

I compared you to pretty different genres here, Metal and Blues,
but if you listen to different kinds of music you'll also
figure out how to create different solos using different scales,
talking about minor scale vs. minor pentatonic only,
you can switch between in the same solo to get different colors from both scales.

Maybe my explanation isn't that easy to understand
cause you really have to play different stuff to feel them in a right way,
you'll get there eventually. smile.gif

Thats painted a pretty good picture for me too Muris... Thanks smile.gif

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post Sep 10 2009, 11:52 AM
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QUOTE (djohnneay @ Sep 10 2009, 09:52 AM) *
Thanks for that anwser Muris !

I like the comparison you made, because I like both genres.
A friend of mine is typically into blues, and sometimes we jam over some blues backing.
Now I get why my bluesplaying 'lacked' something, I was roughly using same 3nps patterns as always, while he was using minor pentatonic.

Seems I gotta do lots and lots more of practice smile.gif

Ahh, good then. smile.gif

QUOTE (loundzilla @ Sep 10 2009, 10:18 AM) *
Thats painted a pretty good picture for me too Muris... Thanks smile.gif

You're welcome. smile.gif


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post Sep 10 2009, 12:06 PM
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Excellent explanations Muris for Minor scale vs Minor pentatonic.
I would just add that you should learn both and let your ear be the judge of what you should use where smile.gif

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