Examples mixing major and minor tonalities
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Example 6 This shape #4 line has echoes of jazz guitarist Pat Martino. In timehonoured jazz tradition, it’s composed of lots of discrete elements (usually four notes long); for example, the first four notes are taken from A major Pentatonic; the second four notes are a Gmaj7 arpeggio etc. Here, the C# note is set up in different ways in each octave: on the second string it is approached from a semi-tone below (from a C note); whereas on the third string, it preceded by a D note (suspended 4th).
Example 7 The minor Blues scale forms the bulk of the first half this other shape #4 line; however, in bar 25, we see the inclusion of a B note (9th) at the start of beat 3 (a very Eric Johnson-style trait): in fact, it could be said that beat 3 is composed entirely of E minor Pentatonic notes. The second half (bar 26) starts off using the A major Blues scale (major Pentatonic with a passing note: A-B-C-C#-E-F#). Then shifts to A minor Pentatonic, before finishing somewhere between A Mixolydian and A Dorian via the E, C and A notes.
Example 8 In this line, which is centred in and around shape #5, the first two beats of bar 29 can also be seen as being derived exclusively from A major Blues scale (which has the same notes as F# minor Blues scale). In beats 3 and 4 of the same bar, the first four notes are derived from A minor Pentatonic. The line then shifts to A Mixolydian for the remainder of the bar via a familiar C to C# (minor 3rd to major 3rd) transition. In bar 30, we move out of shot for the final A bend in order to produce a specific articulation (a slide up to a bend).
Example 9 This, the second of our shape #5 lines, features an ear-catching interplay between C and C# during the first three beats of the sequenced contents of bar 33. After the initial C note, the first beat of bar 34 uses the A major Blues scale, whereas the second beat of the same bar uses the A minor Pentatonic scale. Finally, the latter half of this bar sees us back to exploiting the interplay between C and C# before finishing on a conclusive-sounding A7 arpeggio fragment.