#1
So i made this riff using chords Emaj, Cmaj, Dmaj, Amaj. My guitar teacher said that it doesnt pertain to any certain key, because they are all major and there isnt a key that fits them. He said to solo over this would mean i would have to change "modes" with every chord.

Now, when I know how to use modes, but im not sure what he meant, I think he may have used the word modes in a wrong context.. Does he mean modes of the major scale? I would assume he would mean:

When i played the Emaj, i would have to play notes from the Emaj pentatonic, then when it goes to Cmaj, i would have to play from the Cmaj pentatonic. Im only using Pentatonic scales for this example because i would have no idea what to do with the major scale. How would i use the major scale over this?

Im not quite sure wtf he meant, can anyone shed some light?
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#2
pentatonic major, 1 2 3 5 6 1

yeah id just treat it as a modal progression, each chord sort of being its own key, constantly changing roots and scale qualities
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scale qualities?
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#4
Listen to the way Hendrix play during "Hey Joe." The progression is C G D A E, which doesn't fit in any one key. However, he played Em Pentatonic over the whole thing. My suggestion is to use the E MINOR (not major) pentatonic over that progression, emphasizing chord tones (notes from the chords underneath). For instance, you would play some standard Em Pentatonic stuff, but then hit a C# note over the A chord.
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So i made this riff using chords Emaj, Cmaj, Dmaj, Amaj. My guitar teacher said that it doesnt pertain to any certain key, because they are all major and there isnt a key that fits them. He said to solo over this would mean i would have to change "modes" with every chord.

Now, when I know how to use modes, but im not sure what he meant, I think he may have used the word modes in a wrong context.. Does he mean modes of the major scale? I would assume he would mean:

When i played the Emaj, i would have to play notes from the Emaj pentatonic, then when it goes to Cmaj, i would have to play from the Cmaj pentatonic. Im only using Pentatonic scales for this example because i would have no idea what to do with the major scale. How would i use the major scale over this?

Im not quite sure wtf he meant, can anyone shed some light?


Yeah, each chord is a new key. you could play the Major scale for each 1.

E Major scale...C Maj scale...D Maj scale...... A Maj scale.

you could also play the Major pentatonics of each.

E minor pentatonic over the whole thing wont work in this case. This is alot different than Hey Joe.
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^ actually the 5th degree of A minor pentatonic should work. its E G A C D , which is pretty much the root chord tones of your song.
#8
if you were to play every chord as its own key would this be more of a modal music using ionian for each?

although that would imply no adding or taking away notes?
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actually your right. E minor pentatonic will sound fine over it, in similar way to Hey Joe. For some reason I thought he was saying all Maj7 chords. I rarely see Major chords written maj...( im used to seeing E - C - D - A ) for some reason seeing the maj automatically made me think maj7.

that being realized, I would not suggest changing keys for every chord. The 1 pentatonic scale will sound fine. There are other options, but that one will sound good, and is easily accessible.
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#10
anything i can do with major scales? or just the pentatonic?
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anything i can do with major scales? or just the pentatonic?


I'm just going to throw out that A D E is in the key of A and depending on how you use the C it could be in the key of A. (i.e. if the C is more of an accent or a movement to D or something)

Also, depending on the song you could try integrating C# and using C as a quick jazzy approach to the C# or something.

Otherwise just use pents like people said.