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Major Pentatonic Chord Transitions

The following transitions are played in sequence however, you can get creative with your own transitions by using any combination of notes from the scale.  If it is pleasing to the ear then use it.  It is not written in stone that you must use notes from the pentatonic scale when creating a Riff.  If another note fits in or sounds good as a quick passing note then by all means use it in your Riff.

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Video 1. Basic E-G-A Chord Progression played twice.

Video 2. Being in the Key of E (the first chord) the 5 notes of the E Major Pentatonic Scale are used to transition between the E-G-A Chords.
Note: The progression is played twice and the second time the progression is transposed down the fretboard to the 5th string where it is easier to make the transition from the chords.

Video 3. The 6 notes of the E Major Pentatonic Scale (1 Octave from E to E) used to transition between the E-G-A Chords.
Note: The progression is played twice and the second time the progression is transposed down the fretboard to the 5th string where it is easier to make the transition from the chords.
Note: The transition notes are transposed to a more convenient location the second time through the chord progression.

-Try creating your own Chord Transitions using the 5 notes of the Major Pentatonic scale.  Almost any combination and number of notes will work as long as they fit within the timing of the progression (use your ear to create a transition which sounds good).

Minor Pentatonic Chord Transitions


Video 4. The 5 notes of the E Minor Pentatonic Scale used to transition between the E-G-A Chords.
4 different positions are used for the Transitions to demonstrate how a group of notes can be relocated on the fretboard to make playing easier.

-Try creating your own Chord Transitions using the 5 notes of the Minor Pentatonic scale.  Almost any combination and number of notes will work as long as they fit within the timing of the progression (use your ear to create a transition which sounds good).
Note:  This Improvising technique works for any chord progression as long as the scale is in Key and is how most leads are created.

Video 5. In these Minor Pentatonic transitions, I sequentially use the Root Note of each chord after it is played.

 


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