I've been told that to solo "in key" would require you to take a chord progression and solo over it using basically an equivilent scale. So to solo over a G major chord progression you could use the G major scale or a few G major scale modes. If I was to solo over a G major pregression using an F scale, this would bo out of key; is that correct?

What if I wanted to solo using A minor pent. and G major? For example a song I know contains the Aminor chord and G major in the intro; the verse alternates between G, Am, C and D. When I solo using the Am pent and G major over the intro/bridge, it sounds good. Would this be solosing with arpeggios?
Use the relative minor to solo with a pentatonic scale in G major. So, instead of A minor pent, use E minor pent.
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The interesting thing about pentatonic scales is that you do not have to use the relative minor pentatonic. You can generally use any minor pentatonic from a minor chord in that key.

For example.

Song is in C major - chords C F G Am repeat.

You can use any minor pentatonic from D E or A. Because these are the minor chords in C major.
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TS: The first thing you said is right. You solo with a scale that has the same root as the key.

For the second part. An A minor chord is in the key of G major (hell, all those chords are) so all you do is solo with the G major scale and when you're over each chord accent the notes of the chord. So, when you hit the A minor chord, you're still playing G major over it but accent the A, C, E notes because they're in the chord (so you know they will sound good).
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Use the relative minor to solo with a pentatonic scale in G major. So, instead of A minor pent, use E minor pent.

You're still using the G major scale, not E minor. The scale is defined by its relationship to the tonal center.