John Mayer Trio "Vultures"

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  1. IndyMead

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    The main riff of the song seems to be totally based out of an E Major chord but most of the lead work is out of an F#m pentatonic scale. How does this work theory wise? Or am I seeing it wrong?
     
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    Well, you're not seeing (or rather hearing) the full picture.;)
    It's true he plays kind of E triad voicings over the intro, but the bass is playing F#-A-B; so really the key is F# minor - his guitar part is turning it into a kind of F#m11 sound, or (given the bass line) F#m11 alternating with Amaj7.

    The chorus is A and B major chords (suggesting you could call the whole thing F# dorian mode, seeing as the B chord adds D# to the pitch collection), but the solo is on the same F# minor sequence as the verse. So F# minor pent makes perfect sense - although it loses some of the sweetness of that G# note in the opening riff.
     
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    Interesting stuff. Thanks for the help, JonR!
     

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