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Discussion in 'Playing and Technique' started by cantstoplt021, Jul 17, 2014.
C D E F G A B C
D F G A C - D minor pent
E G A B D - E minor pent
A C D E G - A minor pent
try adding the #4/b5 on each of these pents making them blues scales.
Over the Cmaj7 it's interestingly cool.
Comfortably Numb.... the solo over the pre-chorus chords is major (the part where the chords are D, A and then C, G)
Allman Bros.... Ramblin Man, Sweet Melissa, and Blue Sky come to mind as stuff that is major pentatonic. If you want what a specific ABB song is feel free to give me a PM and I can let you know.
Alot of the Allman's bluesy stuff uses a lot of minor/major pentatonic combo stuff. Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Warren Haynes, and Derek Trucks are great at doing this type of stuff..... as are guys like BB King and Freddie King. Alot of blues (gospel) type of stuff works both the major and minor scale.
If you are in to the more bluesy type of stuff get your hands on BB King "Live at the Regal". BB is a master at mixing the major and minor stuff over blues progressions.
Just keep working at it and listening... you and your ears will get it.
Once again, I don't think they are as rare as some people think. I named four tunes in our set list alone: Hold on Loosely, My Sharona, Talk to you Later and Hey Jealousy. You don't recognize them as being in the major scale because they are played to a rock beat, but they definitely always use that major 7th, never the b7.
The whole My Sharona solo is in C-major. The song modulates to C for the solo (from G) and as I said, the chord are I, IV and V (C,F,G).
The sax solo by Sonny Rollins in the Rolling Stones' Waiting On A Friend" is in C Major Pentatonic and is one of my all time favorites.
The $10,000 solo!
Wait - you mean there's another song by Focus besides Hocus Pocus?
The Pretenders - "Kid" has a nice major scale sound throughout.
Eagles - "Take It Easy", "Is It True"
Beatles - "Let It Be", "And Your Bird Can Sing"
So many. A lot of Allman bros. Lynyrd Skynryd etc. The dead...even SRV.
Learn to hear the major sound and you will find a million examples.
Yeah, I was waiting to see too.
Everyone's kind of saying this already, but just to be as clear as possible...
It doesn't matter if you're using the Minor Pentatonic "box" - as long as you're using it over a major key, it's major.
In other words, playing the A minor pentatonic box over a C major chord (or progression in C major) would be soloing in a major key because A minor and C major are the same collection of notes.
Live version of Bob Marley and the Wailers No woman no cry...great major solo
Comfortably Numb is a bad choice as it's mostly in B minor. Sure it changes to D (the relative major) for the chorus or pre whatever, still the solos are all B minor.
I won't derail with the SHA bs. This is best left unturned.
Probably just semantics but
D major pentatonic = B minor pentatonic
The difference is in application of the passing non-scale tones, but now we're not talking pentatonic any more.
when citing Comfortably numb he specified the D to A part - I give it a "+"
Pete Anderson takes you to Major school here in C:
C major would become A minor (minor 3rd) they have no sharps or flats.
In theory it is correct to say that moving a minor pentatonic down three frets gives you the relative major, but you have to think of it as a separate entity and it's own scale or you will sound like sh!t.
For the OP are you just talking about mixing in Ionian or also Lydian and Mixolydian? Southern rock relies heavily on mixing the major pentatonic and Mixolydian and is one of my favorite sounds.
Here is a list of some Southern Rock songs I love playing
Can't You See- Marshall Tucker
Hold on Loosely- 38 Special/ Jeff Carlisi is a very underrated and tasteful player
Sweet Home Alabama- Skynyrd
Dreams I'll Never See- Molly Hatchet
Jessica and Blue Sky- The Allmans
I don't know who played the solo on the Knacks -My Sharona, but the extended album solo is a classic. Some more texting major key solos would Eric Johnsons- Cliffs of Dover/ Satriani- Always with me Always with you/ and Ozzy -Goodbye to Romance.
To get that Dickey Betts sound use the Hexatonic scale which is a major pentatonic with an added perfect 4th. So in G you would have - G-1 A-2 B-3 (C-4TH) D-5 E-6 also use the minor 3rd as a passing tone into the major 3rd as well as the minor 6th going into the 5th or 6th and don't forget those oblique bends lol.
Here's another major scale solo:
- starts 1:50. Pure C major scale throughout.