#1
Yes I know this is probably asked all the time but I just need a simple answer. Key is Bmajor (Bmaj, Emaj, F#maj, G#min used). When improvising over this, would it be correct that I could use either the Bmaj pent (G#min Pent) or Bminor pent?
#2
Yes, you could also use any of the modes, B major (Ionian), G# Minor, or the pentatonics (as you said). Experiment and see what you think sounds best.
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#3
Ok thanks, good to see I'm finally on the right track for once :P
#4
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Yes, you could also use any of the modes, B major (Ionian), G# Minor, or the pentatonics (as you said). Experiment and see what you think sounds best.


No, you can't - if the key is B major then none of the relative modes will occur

B major is the best bet, B major pentatonic is just the 5 most consonant notes of that scale so technically you're still playing B major. Depending on the chords B minor pentatonic will probably work and that's a commonly used trick in rock and blues playing. The full B minor scale may work but you need to be careful of the minor 3rd.
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#5
Try to use all five shapes of B Major Pentatonic. You'll get much more familiar with the fretboard.
#6
B Major Pent is the way to go. B minor pentatonic can work too but some notes will sound pretty dissonant
#9
Quote by nightflight
You could maybe try using the modes of the A melodic minor


Oh of course the A melodic minor.......
#10
I don't really think A melodic minor or any of its modes would work very well at all.

TS, ignore that and just try Bmajor as everyone else said... It's a relatively simple progression so using modes would just overcomplicate matters more than you need.
#11
Quote by nightflight
You could maybe try using the modes of the A melodic minor


nope. sorry to be a dick but you cannot play in the key of A if the music is in B. You're either out of key, or you're just playing the B major scale re-arranged. The tonic is still B, and the music will resolve towards that.

TS, use B major or B major pentatonic. You can add accidentals within the key of B that make it sound a bit "modal" if you want, like a #4 or a b7, but your root scale must be B major.
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