Learn about the Major pentatonic scale, and its cousin, the “Relative Minor” pentatonic scale (a video lesson). The relationship between any major scale (or key) and its relative minor scale or key is explained here as well, in terms of traditional music theory.
“SMOOTHER-SOUNDING SCALES” introduces a simple technique for making your scale passages sound more EVEN; that is, with a more consistent loudness across all the notes. The technique involves deliberately accenting certain notes, then removing the accents. The final result is a more even sounding scale! Voila!
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Here’s a great concept to embellish the sound of a IV chord in a progression. In addition, try experimenting with this approach on any major chord you may come across, even the I chord, depending on the type of sound you’re going for. Let your ear be the guide. The scale being used here is called Lydian, which is closely related to the major scale. Some tunes use this scale on the I chord for an especially fresh sound.