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Thread: Pitch-Axis Theory

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    Pitch-Axis Theory

    Hi,

    I have a simple quick question to ask about Pitch-Axis. If I where to be pedaling the open A string, that means I could solo over that with any scale in the Key of A even if it were A-Ionian and A-Harmonic Minor?

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    Exactly...you can use any scale with the root note of A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Springbok
    Hi,

    I have a simple quick question to ask about Pitch-Axis. If I where to be pedaling the open A string, that means I could solo over that with any scale in the Key of A even if it were A-Ionian and A-Harmonic Minor?
    You have the right idea bout playing over a pedal tone.

    What you need to be aware of is that not every two scales will sound great back-to-back.So you have to experiment with different scales to see how they sound one right after the other and then choose the ones that sound the best to you back-to-back.Also how you phrase it could make or break it.
    Some days I seem to do OK. Other days I feel like just shoving an M-80 right up my guitar's butt.

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    Springbok, Yes, but have an open mind. That's what I think is a big part of the meaning with pitch-axis. You got one definitive root note, but except that you are free to experiment with any scale/mode.

    Focus on the A note, but play A Ionian, A Dorian, A Phrygian, A Lydian, etc etc. As long as the scale's root note is the same, it's all fine.

    How certain scales will sound played back to back is one thing, but that should not stop your experiments.

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