Country School: Major Pentatonic Scale-Chords

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The definitive scale-chord pairing in country music is the Major Triad and its parallel Major Pentatonic Scale

Applied to the “big three” chords (I, IV, V) in the key of C, we get three sets of matched “scale-chords” or “chord-scales” as follows :

The C Chord (I) is paired with the C Major Pentatonic Scale

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The F Chord (IV) is paired with the F Major Pentatonic Scale

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Ear Training Note: The key center has not shifted to F. C is still the key center Do.

The G Chord (V) is paired with the G Major Pentatonic Scale

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Ear Training Tip: The key center has not shifted to G. C is still the key center Do.

Putting it all together in a sixteen-bar form…

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