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    PETER RANKIN
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    I have downloaded just the two of us for alto sax but i am not sure what pentotonic scale to use on the improvisation part can anyone help me please…pete…Spain

    #109089
    john
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    sure Pete. you use the D minor pentatonic. But you should know how to figure this out on your own…it’s easy;
    look at your sheet music; you see the key signature is one flat. That means it’s either in the key of F major or D minor. These are the only 2 keys that have one flat.
    Next we need to figure out if it’s in F major or D minor. Most times the answer is in the very last chord, or the 2 last cheords.
    you’ll see that the last chord is a D minor which has an A7 before it. This is the most common progression in music; 5 to 1.
    5 to 1 is the most common way to end a song. If this song was in F major it would end with a Bb7 to F so you know it’s in D minor…make sense?
    as for the D minor pentatonic scale, once you learn it and know it, have a look at the somg’s melody…it made up mainly with the notes that make up that scale so you know you can’t go wrong.

    #109094
    PETER RANKIN
    Participant

    Hello John, thanks for the reply yes it makes sense now i am grateful for the clear explanation, i am enjoying learning from other downloads also, they are great value thanks again…pete

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