Repurposing Pentatonic Scales in New Contexts

Among the first things most electric guitar players learn are the major and minor pentatonic scales. These essential five-note entities are at the root of many styles of modern music, from blues to rock, country, jazz, prog, metal and beyond. The intervallic structure of major pentatonic is 1(root) 2 3 5 6. Minor pentatonic is 1 f3 4 5 f7. In the key of A, A major pentatonic consists of the notes A B C# E F#, while A minor pentatonic is spelled A C D E G. Since these scales are so familiar to many players, a great thing to do is to repurpose all of your favorite pentatonic licks in different musical contexts and key centers. Doing so will allude to different harmony (chords) and modes, and hopefully will help you discover fresh, new sounds.

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