#1
Hey, I'm having a problem, I am writing a solo over E, B,
E, B, A, G, How can I play a minor sounding solo over these chords? Thanks
#2
Start with an E minor pentatonic, B minor would work too for some variation.
#3
Are they all major chords, in that order? Or are they power chords.

If they're power chords, the key would be E minor anyway and you just play E minor over all.

If they're all major chords, it's in the key of E major, G major being borrowed from the relative minor.

As said above, you could use the E minor pentatonic scale. As the key is E major you won't be playing the B minor if you tried. The notes of B minor resolved to E, in the key of E major would result in an E major scale with b3, b7 and b6 accidentals.

In the end "minor sounding solo" in a major key? Not really going to work. The b3/7 will simply result in a "bluesy" sound. However if you're simply talking about "sad sounding", that's up to you and how you use the notes.
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#5
can someone explain what "minor sounding" actually is? i'm sure you mean something sad, but...that has nothing to do with the quality of key, and would lie a lot more in the harmony than the melody anyway.
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#6
Quote by mr-curley
Sorry, I meant B minor pentatonic, just try it.


E major scale with a b7. I hope you understand. B minor resolves to B. In the key of E major it resolves to E. Notes of B minor pentatonic in key of E major result in E major scale with b7.
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Quote by Zanon
^ E mixoly.... Nevermind


Yes it could be called the E mixolydian scale, just like how an additional flattened 3rd and flat 5 could be the E blues scale.
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#9
B minor pentatonic = B D E F# A

There's no G# so it's not E major, it's just the E minor pentatonic with the 9 instead of the flat 3, worth a try for some variation along with the E minor pentatonic (read my first post) but it is most definitely not E major or E mixolydian.
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Quote by mr-curley
B minor pentatonic = B D E F# A

There's no G# so it's not E major, it's just the E minor pentatonic with the 9 instead of the flat 3, worth a try for some variation along with the E minor pentatonic (read my first post) but it is most definitely not E major or E mixolydian.


Scale with the 9th eh? You sure about that one?

Mate, in the key of E major EVERYTHING is going to be a variation of E major. It is more E mixolydian than B minor. You don't need to use all the notes...it's just basic fundamentals when dealing with keys.

Anyway, how are you going to resolve the key of E major to B? I'm curious to know.
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#11
Stress less princess, I'm just trying to answer the guys question.

He asked about playing a minor solo over major chords, happens all the time in the blues and it's done by playing an E minor pentatonic over the major chord - easy. Maybe you could play C# minor pentatonic but that would just sound like an E major pentatonic and not sound minor at all.

The B minor pentatonic is very similar to the Em pentatonic, only one note different, the 9 (you can call it the 2 if you like but generally most musicians will call it the 9, and Bm pent. does have the b7). So just for some variation you play the same old shapes in a different position and it can sound cool, have you tried it yet?

The question had nothing to do with resolving to anything and B minor pentatonic is not the same as E major, with or without a flat 7, and whether or not B minor resolves to B, or E or anything else is irrelevant to the original question, and if you want to be picky about it B minor doesn't resolve to anything it doesn't have a tritone, B7 resolves to E.
#12
Lol at stress less princess. The scale you are playing is E major with a b7. Call it what you must. The C# minor pentatonic would be the notes of the E major penatonic over the key of E major. it would be the E major pentatonic scale, not C# minor pentatonic.

Is it possible that you relate scales to fret positions or shapes, rather than their notes and resolution of a key? It would explain why you're not understanding my point.

Or maybe you don't understand that a key has a constant resolution? One that can't be changed by playing fiddly stuff on the top of it?
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#14
Quote by mr-curley
I give up, someone else want this one?

Sure. If you're talking about CST then yes Bm pentatonic will work over the B chord.

Interestingly enough, the associated minor pentatonic scales with the IV and biii chords don't work in that progression.
Last edited by mdc at Jan 2, 2012,