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Options Over Modal Chord Progressions
Here are two
easy ways to find some pentatonic scale options for your modal
If you have a major related mode (Ionian, Lydian, Mixolydian)
you can play the major pentatonic scale that shares the same root
note as the mode you are playing. For example, G major pentatonic
over a G Lydian chord progression. You can do this since the scale
degrees that make up the major pentatonic scale (1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
are not altered in any of these major related modes. If you have
a minor related mode (Dorian, Phrygian, Aeolian) you can play
the minor pentatonic scale that shares the same root note as the
mode you are playing. For example, E minor pentatonic over an
E Phrygian chord progression. You can do this since the scale
degrees that make up the minor pentatonic scale (1, b3, 4, 5,
b7) are not altered in any of these minor related modes.
Find the major home scale/key of the mode you are playing in.
If you were playing over a modal chord progression using the E
Lydian mode then the major home scale/key of E Lydian would be
B major. E Lydian is based on the fourth scale degree of B Major.
Find the relative minor key of the major home scale/key. In this
case, the relative minor key of B Major is G# minor. The relative
minor key is always based on the sixth scale degree of your major
Play the minor pentatonic scale based on the relative minor key
of your major home
scale/key. In this case, you would play a G# minor pentatonic
over an E Lydian chord
progression. You can also play the 1st position major pentatonic
shape (2nd position
minor shape) of the major home scale/key over the same modal progression.
In this case
the major pentatonic shape would be a B Major pentatonic over
an E Lydian chord
Have Fun experimenting with these pentatonic options!!!