HI. heres my simple riff

E, G, A

full rest

A, G, E

full rest

E, G, B

B, G, A

A, G, E

in 4/4 Time

The beginning 4 bars are repeated to give verse. The egb,bga,age is chorus/bridge/breakdown (work in progress). Also these are all major chords. the "G" is the 3 fingered version.
I would like to know what scale(s) To use for a solo. And Im also havign trouble with the cadence of a solo. This "seems" to be in the key of "G"
Also please explain why. I'd appreciate the actual theory behind this, rather then just the answer. ty.
e -------15^1-
b ----13-------
g -14----------
G and E? Right like that?

That sounds AWFUL, just so you know, since the "E" chord has a G#...

Edit: Never mind, I have no idea why it sounds fine, but it does. Must be either some crazy key that I don't know about (To be able to have the G and the A, but also a G# or Ab?) But yeah, sounds decent... as for a scale, I'm not sure at the moment, I'll try to find one unless someone better with theory comes along...
Last edited by Retribution at Jun 3, 2006,
^ I think he's using a direct modulation to the parallel major, with Am. like..

IV bVII I. bVI's and bVII's work well as IV and V chord replacements.

With that, I'd recommending using something along the lines of the A blues scale. But be careful what you do with the tonality of it.
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Guys, it's a blues kind of thing. Mixing minor and major tonalities...does this sound familiar?

I like A blues or E blues over the "verse" part and E blues over the "chorus" part.
Thank you all for your input. And it definetly has a blues feel. I'll have the lyrics up soon.
e -------15^1-
b ----13-------
g -14----------
Also the A blues and E blues so far sound fantastic.

Although I'm having trouble getting the 2nd octave of E blues (12th fret) to sound like it fits. I guess the tone of it is just to high.

So I guess I'm need to use the A string 7th fret for my E blues.

Finally; this solo is tough. It works fine if I just match the chord changes but thats no fun.
e -------15^1-
b ----13-------
g -14----------