Minor or major?


Zeppelin
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Latley i began to learn improvisation on pentatonic scales, but one thing about it i cant understand : all the chords that i suposed to play are major , while the solo is in minor scale...
As it seems to me if the scale is minor , the chords harmony should be minor to..
do i get it wrong or something???
P.S the scale was E minor pentatonic
The chords that i used there are E A B7

Anothe thing that i can't understand is:
if i take a major scale and take the 1,3,5 notes of it i get a major chord of this scale.. how can i get the same chord from other (example : minor) scales???
and if i do this to minor scale what do i get??? i mean if i take a minor pentatonic and take the 3 root notes of a chord what would it be??


[This message has been edited by Zeppelin (edited 08-26-2000).]
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Johan
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The first question beats me...If it sounds ok to improvise over the major chords on the minor pentatonic scale, then just keep doing it(I bet you that it has a very special sound). Now for the other one.

If you take the root 1,3,5 from a minor scale you will get a minor chord(triad). Cause in a minor scale the 3rd is ½ tone lower than in the Major scale.
/Johan Lindgren
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BadHorsie
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Using minor scales to improv over major progressions has been used for quite a long time now. Another thing that is fun to do is to mix minor scales when soloing. For example: use the minor pentatonic scale with the blues scale. Just mess around with stuff like that and it will take your playing to a totally different level.

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Holyroller
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When you see a song its transposed to a key major or minor. Depending who wrote it and what key they used minor for a trumpet player could be major for a guitarist usualy its the opposite though. Another words just because the key signature says somthing it may not be in your key in wich case you need a capo. I hope that makes since too you it would be better if I knew if you know music theory and the cirlce of 5ths. Ask a music teacher about the 5ths thats hard to explaine as well!

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