The scale pattern that most guitarists learn first is the Minor Pentatonic. We are told to put up a blues background track, play the Minor pentatonic scale in the key of the track and go to town. Just start playing! It sounds great and in a split second, you feel like Eric Clapton.
But further on down the road, when you really start learning about why scales work… something just doesn’t compute. Didn’t all of those blues tunes that helped me practice the minor pentatonic scale use Major type chords.
They used either Major triads or the Dominant 7 chords with the Major 3rd.
But, the minor pentatonic scale with it’s minor 3rd shouldn’t work. The 3rd degree is the special note that even determines whether we have either a minor or major scale or chord in the first place.
This shouldn’t work, but it does. Why does this work? We are going to explore this today and also talk about other ways to use scales that don’t quite “work” over our chord progressions. Letting the minor pentatonic scale point us in a new direction with some new sounds.
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This week I work on the form and Intro of song number 1!