Pentatonic Tetrachords

It's a lesson on building interesting and sophisticated sounding chords only using notes from the minor pentatonic scale. There's a backing track video using the chords from the lesson.

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Ever since I was a young blues player, the minor pentatonic scale was my best friend. I know I'm not alone in that sentiment and the minor pentatonic is extremely prevalent in most styles of music. But there's one "problem" with the scale: It's considered "basic" by many. It makes many players self-conscious but it's true only if you don't think outside the box.

I've always had a passion for applying different techniques that usually aren't applied this scale and all started with a concept from a great teacher: Pentatonic Tetrachords. Essentially, you're building chords only using notes from the minor pentatonic scale. You can start with a Cm7, which contains notes from the C minor pentatonic scale (C, Eb, G, Bb). You would take each note from the chord and move it to the next note of the minor pentatonic scale (C moves to Eb, Eb moves to F, etc.) There's more in-depth discussion in the video along with a backing track.

Pentatonic Tetrachords Lesson:

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Backing Track:

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    There is no such thing as the "minor" pentatonic scale. There is ONE pentatonic scale. The major pentatonic scale. 1-2-3-5-6. C D E G A in the key of C. Sure, you can invert the scale, but don't go calling the inversions the "minor" pentatonic scale. Starting on D would be minor, starting on E would be minor too. Sadly there are no mode names for the pentatonic inversions like we have scales mode names. When you speak of building chords, your first chord is the only one built in thirds, the Cm7, what's the point in this exercise? The other 4 tetrachords wont be built in thirds following your steps. Does UG pay for lessons or do they just steal them?