In lesson 82 we will look at an easy 5 note (pentatonic) scale that works well when improvising over a Major 7 #5 chord. This chord can be challenging when you’re starting out and this group of 5 notes are fairly easy to hear and play. We will look at this pentatonic scale, one intervalic melody derived from the scale, and improvising using the scale over a bass and drums play along.
This pentatonic scale is made up of the fallowing notes over C Major7 #5 (1,2,3,#5,7,1) C, D, E, G#, B, C.
One interesting fact about this group of 5 notes is that all are common to 3 differnet scales that are often used when improvising over a Major 7 #5 chord.
C lydian augmented (3rd mode of A melodic minor) C, D, E, F#, G#, A, B, C
C harmonic major (major scale with a b13 or b6 degree) C, D, E , F, G, Ab, B , C
C Maj#5, 13 natural 11 (3rd mode of A harmonic minor) C, D, E, F, G#, A, B, C
The PDF below outlines the scale and the intervalic melody in every key. The video will demonstrate its use and give you some space to improvise using it.