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Pentatonic Modal Studies
by Michael Chodosh

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I got this idea from a Jimi Hendrix song, Little Wing. Even today I often hear students (and fellow teachers) talk about how brilliant Jimi Hendrix was. He often exhibited a different way of looking at things which is (at least in my opinion) one of the most important ingredients for true brilliance. In this case, I am referring to his ability to see the obvious shapes that link chords and scales together.
What I've done is link five sets of pentatonic scales: minor, major and minor flat five (or half diminished) to the corresponding chord. I have included enough pentatonic scales to cover one major key entirely. You will play each chord and then it's corresponding pentatonic scale in one key. I am calling it a modal study even though the sound is more rock or blues oriented, not the jazz sound that most people associate with the word "modal".

Regarding the form for each scale: I do not use the relative major or minor pentatonic scales in the same study but use (instead) the scale that would start at the same point on the guitar. Each pentatonic scale in this study has two notes per string so the scales will correspond to the lower or the higher note on the string that has the root note on it. For example: if the first pentatonic scale starts with the lower note (of the two) on a certain string then all three scales (major, minor, diminished) will start at that point or, if the scale root is at the higher of the two notes on that string then all three of the scales studied will start at that point and so on.

There are five sets of pentatonic scales and so will be five studies. The first will probably be the only one most of you will ever use but I like to be complete with my studies so I am going to write all of them out for you. What you will see on the first study will probably be the most obvious connection between chords and scales but being thorough never hurt anyone in particular, it never hurt a musician.

Pentatonic Modal Study #1 - Lower Note 6th String Study


Pentatonic Modal Studies Jump Zone

Intro to pentatonic modal studies
Pentatonic Modal Study #1 - Lower Note 6th String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #2 - Fourth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #3 - Upper Note Fifth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #4 - Lower Note Fifth String Study
Pentatonic Modal Study #5 - Upper Note Sixth String Study

©2002 Michael Chodosh, Used by permission
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