Bored with pentatonics? This lesson in superimpositions will make you think again

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If there was a way to use your existing pentatonic scales and licks to play over a variety of new chords – and sound more outside-the-box while you’re at it – it would sound too good to be true, wouldn’t it? Well, actually it is true… 

In short, it is possible to play most of your favourite ideas over alternative chords. The only ‘catch’, if there is one, is that you’ll need to understand how the notes in the scale relate to the underlying chord.

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Richard Barrett

As well as a longtime contributor to Guitarist and Guitar Techniques, Richard is Tony Hadley’s longstanding guitarist, and has worked with everyone from Roger Daltrey to Ronan Keating.