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Using Chords with Scale Notes to Solo


Nov 14, 2017 Beginning, General Comments are off

Today lets look at one of the most common ways to solo over or with chords. Referencing our last lesson – use the C major pentatonic scale with the C major family of chords.

Using the chords from “Let It Be” try playing this scale using quarter notes.

A quarter notes is the length of one click or beat.


Always start at a slow tempo like 50 BPM (Fifty beats per minute).

Here are the notes for C major pentatonic = C, D, E, G, A, 

then all notes repeat in octaves. (A octave is an interval bounded by two pitches with the same pitch names and the higher of whose frequencies is twice the lower).


The number formula is = R, 2, 3, 5, 6 with the notes in the key of C major:

R =C, 2=D, 3=E, 5=G, 6=A


Her are all the notes in C major with their corresponding number relationships.


C = R

D = 2

E = 3

F = 4

G = 5

A = 6

B = 7

C = 8 or octave or R


Remember to learn this scale in all possible octaves and or positions.




Now transpose these to each position (register) of your instrument, then to all 15 keys.


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