Question About Applying the Pentatonic Scale

Question About Applying the Pentatonic Scale

Question About Applying the Pentatonic Scale


“I”ve been working on the Pentatonic scale as taught in your book fretboard theory. I’ve learned the entire scale but I’m having trouble applying it to basic chord progressions. I recall you teaching that once the right key is found to work around the root note. The only problem Im having is when the chords change. It just doesnt sound right when I play. Any additional pointers?????


For example: I looped this simple chord progression which I use to play let it rain by pocket full of rock: Am, F, C, G. I play it in the Am pentatonic scale. Im fine until the Am changes to C and so on. Hope I make sense. Please Help!!!!!!!”


To learn more about applying the pentatonic scale, see Fretboard Theory chapter 7. Also, I demonstrate this in my pentatonic DVD.

The progression you referenced is right out of the key of C major/A minor. You can play C major/A minor pentatonic over the whole thing. Some notes in the scale are going to be stronger than others depending on which chord you’re on. For example, when you’re on Am the strong notes are going to be A, C and E (which make up the Am triad). When you’re on G major the strong notes are D and G (the only G major chord tones in the scale). This doesn’t mean that you HAVE to play chord tones. Any scale note is fair game over any chord. But if you want to tie the scale closely to the chords, then targeting chord tones is how you do it. Maybe that’s what your ear is expecting.

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