June 24, 2019 at 9:18 am #136085
If I was improvising over a blues tune, I’ll usually use the relative minor of the key. For example, a tune in the key of C, I’ll use the A minor pentatonic scale. Now if I wanted to use the Major pentatonic scale, could I drop down three (3) frets to F# and improvise with the 1st box scale, using F# as the Root. I hope this is clear. I want to play the relative minor “Note” as the Root of the Major Pentatonic scale, by way of the trick to get to the major pattern. i.e., three frets down.
If this doesn’t make sense, let me know and I’ll re-phrase it. Thank You
June 24, 2019 at 10:54 am #136088
This seems a little confusing, Jim. If you are playing A minor pentatonic with your index finger on the 5th fret A note, dropping down 3 frets will give you the A major pentatonic with the A root under your pinkey. Your index finger would be on F#. I prefer to think of my major or minor pentatonics with reference to the root note and whether the box is predominantly leftward or rightward facing.
June 24, 2019 at 1:39 pm #136093
I also am not completely sure I understand what you are doing. But if your tune is in C and you are playing the A minor pentatonic at fret 5, then you are really playing a C major pentatonic scale. That will sound fine, but will not really sound bluesy. You would get a more traditional blues sound by playing the minor pentatonic of the home key, in this case C minor which would be at the 8th fret (pattern 1).
Hope that helps,
June 24, 2019 at 2:13 pm #136095
Jim if you are playing the Am pentatonic over the Key of C you are most likely
playing the C major pentatonic scale.
The C major pentatonic scale is the same notes as the A minor pentatonic.
Starting on the C on the 8th fret with your pinky. The tonal center is what makes it the C major.
The dropping down 3 fret method is to go from the Minor Pent of the key your playing in to Major.
In this case the C minor starting with the Index finger on the C 8th fret pattern 1.
Slide down three frets with the pinky on the 8th fret is C Major.
Was typing when Bob posted
June 24, 2019 at 7:44 pm #136101
I think we’re all making the same point. You should visualize these patterns around the root notes, whether it’s major or minor, as you will end up starting or resolving many of your licks from the root note. The next step is to know where the root notes are within each box shape.
July 7, 2019 at 3:33 pm #138016
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July 17, 2019 at 6:56 am #138485
3 frets down from A is F#m which would work over the key of A or F#m
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