Confusion about mixing major and minor pentatonic?



Asked by: Matt Boyce

Can you mix the major and minor pentatonic scales?





Minor and major pentatonic work great together in major keys and can “say” a lot more than if you were to just use one scale. This lesson will help you build licks that move smoothly between the two scales, in a blues context (but you can use what you learn in any style).

When can you mix major and minor pentatonic?

In A major it is C# and in A minor it is a C. This is the perfect place to start mixing major and minor. After all that is the note that makes the chord major or minor. If we go back and use our Am pentatonic position 1 frame and put an A major chord inside of it, we get a scale that looks like this.

Can you play minor pentatonic over major?

Yes, you can play minor pentatonic over major chords and chord progressions… if it sounds good.

Can major and minor keys mix?

All songwriters know that most song progressions contain a mixture of major and minor chords, all working together in such a way that they point to one important chord as the tonic. The tonic chord is the one that represents the key of your song.

How do you blend major and minor scales?





But still the a notes which in the major pentatonic position the roots are still on the twelfth fret just like they are for the E minor pentatonic. But then we got one other spot in this position.

How do you use major and minor scales together?

Page be aware of where the chord tones for each chord lie within the scale pan and use them to outline your phrases. And give them a strong destination.

What pentatonic scales go together?

To form the C Major pentatonic scale, you would take the 1 = C, 2 = D, 3 = E, 5 = G, 6 = A. To form the C minor pentatonic scale, you would take the 1 = C, b3 = Eb, 4 = F, 5 = G, b7 = Bb.



Forming Pentatonic Scales in Parallel.

Scale Note Degrees (Based on the Major Scale)
Minor Pentatonic 1-b3-4-5-b7

Why does minor pentatonic work over major chords?

ie Am pentatonic over A major chord? Well, the reason that the minor scale works is because when you play that minor 3rd over a major triad or dominant 7th chord voicing of the same name, you are creating what is called a #9 against the chord.

How do you switch from major to minor pentatonic?

System if you don't know this all you need to think about here is this open g. Card. Now imagine we've moved it all the way up to the 15th. Fret.



Should I learn minor or major pentatonic?

What scale should I learn first? Well the most common scale to learn first is the Minor Pentatonic Scale. That’s the one that I recommend that you start with and it is included in my beginners course. Once you have that one down (and can use it) then you should explore the Major Scale.

Can a song be major and minor?

Any song may begin in a major key or a minor key or in a mode such as the Dorian mode. If song starts in a major key it can modulate to a minor key. A pivot chord can also be used to change from a major key to a minor key.

Is G major pentatonic the same as E minor pentatonic?

And it's G major pentatonic. Since E is the minor six our relative minor of the key we'll play that from E and get minor pentatonic.



How do you play a major and minor pentatonic scale?

So if pattern one is here pattern for the minor pentatonic scale. The major pentatonic scale we go one two three frets. That's it it's that simple to same shape.

How do you use the pentatonic scale to improvise?

Shape. Like that and we've got a minor. So no matter the chord progression that I'm about to lay down for you guys this will all work.

How do you play pentatonic scales over chords?

So what that does is you can put emphasis on the notes from the chords you're currently playing over a real powerful tool other than just playing in the key of the chords.

What chords go with A minor pentatonic scale?

The A minor pentatonic scale comes from the key of A minor. The key of A minor has exactly the same chords as the key of C. The chords in the key of A minor: A minor.



The chords in the key of C are:



  • C major.
  • D minor.
  • E minor.
  • F major.
  • G major.
  • A minor.
  • B diminished.


When playing A minor pentatonic over chord progressions do you have to play the chord root notes?

Minor pentatonic is one of the most versatile scales you can play. It works over major and minor key blues without having to change the root/starting note of the scale for each chord.