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Fig.1. “A” Bar chord TRANSPOSED to an “A#” Bar Chord.

-These first two diagrams show how both Bar Chords and Lead Riffs can be easily REPOSITIONED to change Key.

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Fig.2. Visual Example: transposing from the key of “Am” to “A#m” (Pentatonic Scale).  Any lead riff can be played exactly the same in either Key. 

-Transposing is a simple way to adjust to any Key.  Bar Chords and Lead riffs can each be Transposed simply by changing their location Up & Down the Fretboard.

-When you shift all of the above notes up one fret you are changing the Key of the pentatonic scale to “A#m”.
If you move the same shapes up yet another fret you will be playing in the key of “Bm”, and so on up the fretboard: A-A#-B-C-C#-D-D#-E-F-F#-G-G# (the chromatic scale). 

– You can see how it is quite easy to change the Key of a song simply by repositioning the same shape up and down the fretboard.
-Changing Key by repositioning a group of notes in this way is known as “TRANSPOSING”.

-In the next post we will examine further how to extend the pentatonic shape.

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