apply major pentatonic to minor ii V i progressions

Now we have a couple of options, using both major pentatonic and major pentatonic b6 to make some really inside/outside sounds over a minor ii V i progression.

Let’s take Dmin7b5  G7  Cmin.  I leave the seventh off of the Cmin to show you some options.

Over Dmin7b5, you can play Eb major pent, Bb major pent, or the more preferrable Ab major pent.  You can also play C major pent b6, which will give you a major 2nd and sound more “jazz.”  You can also just play a straight locrian: D Eb F G Ab Bb C, or a superlocrian scale: D E F G Ab Bb C.

Over G7, you can play G major pent, C major pent, or F major pent, but you’ll find these don’t resolve to minor one chords as nicely.  You can also use Eb major pent b6, which gets all the nice notes of an altered scale and resolves very nice to a minor one chord.  You could also just play an altered scale: G Ab Bb B Db Eb F.

The Cmin chord is also very flexible, you can play Eb major pent, Bb major pent, or F major pent to make a Cmin7 sound, or you can use G major pent b6 and get a Cmin maj7 sound (most piano players are good enough to get out of your way when you do this).  You can also play C dorian: C D Eb F G A Bb, or C melodic minor: C D Eb F G A B.  I find that the pentatonic scales are more fun choices for more outside sounding stuff.

So here’s some things to try:

1) over Dmin7b5, play C major pent b6, over G7, play Eb major pent b6, over Cmin, play Bb major pent.

2) over Dmin7b5, play Eb major pent, over G7, play Eb major pent b6, over Cmin, play Eb major pent.

Since each chord has 4 options, you can combine them in many ways to make your own personal sounds.  Enjoy!

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