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Bandwagon Mus i c Studi os
MINOR OR MAJOR SOLO?
Here are some hints on finding which scale
sound to use.
So firstly how do we tell what tonic note the
solo is based on?
(We could also call this the root note, the home
note, the key, the tonal centre)
Some general hints are that the key will be –
1.
the first chord of the solo,
2.
the last chord of the solo,
3.
the most played chord of the solo.
It is best to check using your ear. Play the
chords and stop on each one – which one sounds
as the key chord or “home” chord.
For example the chords to “Hey Joe” by Jimi
Hendrix -
|
C G
|
D A
|
E
|
E
|
The key here is E. The last chord is E. The E
chord lasts for half of the chord pattern. But
most importantly you can hear it as the finish
chord or key chord.
Now minor or major solo?
Again your ear is your best friend. At first
glance you would pick major pentatonic as the
scale of choice because of the E major chord.
When you listen though it sounds terrible!!! So
the solo uses minor pentatonic in the key of E.