#1
Hello UG,
I need to now what pentatonic scale would fit for a solo in the following chord
progression.

E G D A

Thanks,
19GNRFan
#2
They're all major chords?

You're gonna want a major pentatonic then, so I'd say the D major pentatonic.
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#3
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Hello UG,
I need to now what pentatonic scale would fit for a solo in the following chord
progression.

E G D A

Thanks,
19GNRFan


we're going to need the key, first. it's looking like either A or E, but we need to know how you're treating it.
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#4
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we're going to need the key, first. it's looking like either A or E, but we need to know how you're treating it.


It could be D too... There's a Dmaj, which could be the I, a Gmaj which could be the IV, and a Amaj which could be the V... so... Yeah...
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#5
If it's in A maj which it looks like it is in, then that G should be diminished.

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It could be D too... There's a Dmaj, which could be the I, a Gmaj which could be the IV, and a Amaj which could be the V... so... Yeah...


Another possibility. But then the E should be minor, and it doesn't properly resolve.
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#6
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Another possibility. But then the E should be minor, and it doesn't properly resolve.


What if he wants it to be dissonant?
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#7
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If it's in A maj which it looks like it is in, then that G should be diminished.


no. if it's in A major, it can have a Gmaj, borrowed from the parallel minor. if you wanted to throw a diminished chord in the mix, far more often you would choose G#º rather than Gº, because Gº wants to resolve to Abmaj, not Amaj.

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Another possibility. But then the E should be minor, and it doesn't properly resolve.


not necessarily. it could resolve well using that plagal cadence. the E doesn't necessarily have to be minor -- it could be a non-functioning secondary dominant.

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It could be D too... There's a Dmaj, which could be the I, a Gmaj which could be the IV, and a Amaj which could be the V... so... Yeah...


the function of chords is more important than the chords that are there. yes, it could be D major, it could also be C# minor. the E major could be the bIII, the G could be a bV borrowed from the parallel locrian, the A could be the bVI, and the D could be a neapolitan chord. but that doesn't seem likely - and D major doesn't seem likely to me, either.

for the sake of helping TS, we're better off waiting to hear what key he's given the progression, rather than arguing about what it could possibly be.
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it could also be C# minor. the E major could be the bIII, the G could be a bV borrowed from the parallel locrian, the A could be the bVI, and the D could be a neapolitan chord.


That all went WAY OVER my head.
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#10
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no. if it's in A major, it can have a Gmaj, borrowed from the parallel minor. if you wanted to throw a diminished chord in the mix, far more often you would choose G#º rather than Gº, because Gº wants to resolve to Abmaj, not Amaj.


not necessarily. it could resolve well using that plagal cadence. the E doesn't necessarily have to be minor -- it could be a non-functioning secondary dominant.


Well nothing HAS to be anything. I was just pointing out what they should be classically speaking, notwithstanding any borrowed chords. Also I never noticed that G#° has a stronger pull towards A maj; thanks for pointing that out.