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Mandolin Lessons: Little Maggie

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>> Okay,
we're gonna talk about five sided objects
Or the five note scale.
The pentatonic scale.
In the key of A.
And I'm gonna break it down into two, the
A minor pentatonic and
the A major pentatonic.
Maybe we'll start with with A major.
And we all know the A scale.
So that, you could say that has eight
notes, one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight.
Or really seven, cuz the eighth is the
same as the first.
Pentatonic scale would be
Five, one, two, three, four, five, and
then the eight.
And the numbers are one, two, three, five,
One, two, three, five, six, and eight.
So we're leaving off the, the D note and
the G-sharp.
When we think about the pentatonic scale.
Okay, and Little Maggie's a beautiful
tune for this cuz it just stays on any
chord for a long time.
And you're very familiar with that sound,
I'm sure.
It's almost an arpeggio, but it has the
second note.
And the sixth note.
Okay, and this tune goes to G in the in
next chord.
I'm staying with Maggie.
And when we go to G, we're gonna go to the
G pentatonic.
G, A, B, D, E, G.
Okay, and
then we're gonna go back to the A
We're only gonna play out of those two
scales when we're blowing over this tune.
Let's have the rhythm track.
I'll play the melody first, and then I'll
show you what I might do in the,
in the, with the major pentatonics for
this tune.
>> One, two, three.
>> A, G, A.
A, G,
now we're gonna look at the same tune but
this time we're gonna examine it from the
minor pentatonic perspective.
And the beauty of a tune like this is that
it's kinda modal sounding.
It tends to live right in that middle zone
between whether it's major or minor.
As much Old Time music does.
Anything Blues based kinda lives there.
So, your minor pentatonic.
Is this, A, C natural D, E, G, A.
a beautifully comfortable mandolin zone.
David Grisman has written a few tunes out
of that position, let me tell you.
A, C, D, E, G, and A.
And going up an octave.
And the cool thing about
this minor pentatonic over a tune like
this is is that it's gonna work just fine
even on the G chord because it has so many
of the notes from the G.
The D note, the G note, and the C and
the A work beautifully over that G chord.
So let's let's have Little Maggie one more
time, and we'll try the minor pentatonic.
>> One, two, three, and.
>> Minor pentatonic.