Fun with the Pentatonic Scale

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Fun with the Pentatonic Scale

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Aloha guys,

What do these three songs have in common?

1-In a Sentimental Mood
2-My Girl
3-Someone to Watch Over Me

The opening notes of all three songs are a construct of the Pentatonic Scale.

Check out Bobby McFerrin having fun using it with a live audience.(2009)
What a teacher!
This will take about three minutes out of your life but IMHO well worth the time.
Pass it on to any students you might have.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne6tB2KiZuk

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Great!

For years I faked it by relying on the simple but pleasing major and minor pentatonic scales
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Bredo wrote:Related to twilightsongs other question, this is why rock will never die. The recognition (unconsiously or not) of the Pentatonic scale among the listeners. Mostly the minor one.

The more notes added the more of the audience is falling off.

As a wise man once said: Do it as easy as possible, but NOT easier.

A bit like Albert King asking Gary Moore, "why do you play so many notes", pretty cool I thought at the time.

Ol' Albert did'nt play many notes but what he did play certainly was'nt "easier", unbelievable microtonic bending.
Sometimes I do wonder why guitarists here never mention people like Albert King, Ry Cooder, David Lindley(sp), Robbie Robertson e.t.c., one should give credit where it's due.

Ok, back to the pentatonics.............

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Bredo wrote:
As a wise man once said: Do it as easy as possible, but NOT easier.
Albert Einstein, it was
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twilightsong wrote:
Bredo wrote:
As a wise man once said: Do it as easy as possible, but NOT easier.
Albert Einstein, it was
So it was Albert Einstein who said to Gary Moore......... ;)

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Don't take it any further......... :D
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That's like saying " Red Rag ; Bull ,......Bull ; Red Rag "
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DaveFry wrote:That's like saying " Red Rag ; Bull ,......Bull ; Red Rag "
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Dave, Major LOL here.

Tanx sooooo much for the pic.

It's now my new desktop.

I love it! And I really love the hat.

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Aloha

I think the pic is of a lookalike because ;
a) Albert would have had penpusher's hands whereas those in the pic are more like labourer's hands.
b ) He died in 1955 . The Peavey Razer was not made until 1983.
He did however play violin and piano . ( Pics available via web search )

( Steering slightly back towards topic : )
Legend has it that Pythagoras was passing a blacksmiths when he became curious about the relative consonance and dissonance of combinations of hammer blows with different weights of hammers . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_hammers
He is featured in the wonderful 1959 Disney film " Donald In Mathmagic Land " .
Donald Duck is transported back to Ancient Greece and has a jam with Pythagoras and his band .
8-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_in_mathmagic_land 8-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT_Bxgah9zc
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DaveFry wrote: I think the pic is of a lookalike because ;
a) Albert would have had penpusher's hands whereas those in the pic are more like labourer's hands.
b ) He died in 1955 . The Peavey Razer was not made until 1983.
He did however play violin and piano . ( Pics available via web search )
Given that the clothes kind of look a bit more "recent" and casual than what I think Albert would wear, it's probably just his head pasted onto someone else's body
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Still a nice pic though... :)

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