Major Pentatonic Etude Number Three

Major Pentatonic Etudes Number Three

The major pentatonic etudes below is in the key of B Major and uses side stepping down a half step. It uses a lot of step wise motion and therefore contains many common patterns that can exist with a major pentatonic scale. The étude could be played over a static B major chord or even a progression like I, vi, ii, V. Basically any progression that creates the key of B can be used.

Major Pentatonic Etude Number Three-over_I_vi_ii_V_Progression key of B used by permission of

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Major Pentatonic Side Stepping

Learning this major pentatonic etudes will really help you with understanding the side stepping concept. Side stepping is really just playing up or down a half step or a tritone away with a parallel major pentatonic scale. It takes some practice to do this and usually the melody has to be played fairly fast so that your ear hears the relationship between the same types of intervals being used. The major pentatonic scale is chuck full of whole steps, minor thirds, major thirds and fourths. Your ear picks up on this when you play the major pentatonic in one of the side stepping keys. Of course to really get into the side stepping idea you should learn all your major pentatonic scales in all keys so that you can easily shift back and forth.

Major Pentatonic Side Stepping Practice Ideas

Along with learning the major pentatonic scale in all keys you should also practice some common patterns in all keys. Take a look at some of the patterns found with the major pentatonic three note patterns. This will help you develop a body of musical ideas that you can use for side stepping or just as nice melodies that use a major pentatonic scale.

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