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Part 19 - Ask The
Hope you all had a nice weekend.
PaulB: sure, how about you?
Lyle: Good weekend, played three
Lyle: As part of the Guitar "Essentials series I
thought it might be nice to have an open lesson tonight and let you ask me any
guitar/music related question.
Lyle: I have covered a bunch of different topics
for this series in recent lessons.
Lyle: Just raise your hand if you have a question
and I'll call on you
gtrplyr: Can you see my hand from over there?
zz: how do
you raise you hand in cyber world?
Lyle: lol, just kidding
Let's try one question at a time. Who would like to go
Lyle: gtrplyr, what is your
have one too
go ahead gtrplyr
gtrplyr: lets say you are playing in Em, You can play Em
pent or Emaj, or Emaj pent right. well the Emaj pent looks just like the C# min
Lyle: Right. The E major pentatonic uses the same
notes as the C# minor pentatonic.
Lyle: I'll show ya
Here's an E major scale:
sure to view these on the virtual fretboard so you can see the note
Lyle: The E major pentatonic uses the 1, 2, 3, 5,
and 6 notes of the E major scale:
The C# minor uses the 1, b3, 4, 5, and b7 of the C# minor
The C# minor is the relative minor of the E major key. So the C# minor
pentatonic is the relative minor of the E major pentatonic. They use the same 5
notes, just in a different order:
The relative minor is found three frets lower than the
???? I was getting the 6th
Lyle: The 6th degree of any major key can be
found three frets lower than the root of that major key.
Lyle: The relative minor of any major key is
based off the 6th degree of that major key. See "Understanding Modes" or
"Fretboard Theory" at the Riff Interactive store.
I get it now
Lyle: now I'm confused!
gtrplyr: :-) thanks Lyle
Lyle: ZZ, still there with a
when playing what is a good rule of thumb on what scale/mode you should improve
in? lets say the key of A.
Lyle: Let's say the key of A
Lyle: I would start with the A major
thinking more in terms of modes, when to use and why?
Lyle: You could use any mode in the key of
Here's a loopin jam track using the A major chord:
I would start with the A major scale:
zz: then when you do you use A Phrygian for
the Phrygian mode relates to a different
the A Phrygian relates to the key of F
Lyle: Let's back up a second, what relative minor
pentatonic can we use in the key of A
PaulB: I say
zz: B, C,
F# is correct. The F# minor pentatonic is three frets lower than the key of A
major. The A major pentatonic and F# minor pentatonic use the same
Try playing the A major scale then the F# minor pentatonic against the jam track
in A and you'll hear how they both work.
zz: when can I use the other
Lyle: zz, what Phrygian minor scale would you
play in the key of A?
Lyle: C# Phrygian is the 3rd mode in the key of A
forgot the sharp:)
Lyle: I would almost never use this
Lyle: sounds too much like a monster from Star
would you use it if you were playing a certain style of
Lyle: A Phrygian lap dance
exactly, thanks Paul!
Lyle: I have almost never found a use for this
mode. I would use a different mode.
zz: which mode?
Lyle: In the key of A, I would use the A major
pentatonic, the F# minor pentatonic, and the A major
Lyle: I know how to play the A major scale is so
many different shapes and patterns up and down the neck, there is no need for me
to think about the other modes. I just think A major
could you play Phrygian if you were playing some sort of middle-eastern
enough...just trying to get your thought process
Lyle: Here's an audio example of me playing the
key of A major against the jam track:
Lyle: In the audio sample I start off by playing
the A major scale up and down, then I move into the A major pentatonic/F# minor
pentatonic. Then I just go all over the neck while thinking A
Lyle: ZZ, depending on what kind of chord
progression is being used helps me determine what key and what mode I might
understand.........there is no real rule. It really depends on what sounds good
against the chords. next question
gtrplyr: I am starting to grasp something but I am not
Lyle: There are major modes and there and minor
modes, and a dominant mode.
zz: how about you show us some good Hendrix
Lyle: Here's a riff in E
might do this again next week and have another "Ask The Teacher"
yes, lets do........I actually learned a
Lyle: time flies, sorry I couldn't get to all of
jaxwax: thanks! that was fun!
learned a lot
Lyle: Have a great week and think of some other
questions. Write them down, put them on our forum or email them to
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