What is a Superimposed Pentatonic scale?
The Pentatonic scale is the gateway to many different genres of music.There are many techniques you can do within the pentatonic system. One technique that we will discuss today is called the superimposed pentatonic scale. First, it is important to understand the definition of superimposed.This word means to place or lay one thing over another. It is also important to understand the definition of pentatonic.This word means a five note scale played on the tonic note or root note.
So basically, A superimposed pentatonic scale is a pentatonic scale placed over another scale. An easy example of this is when you are playing in the key of C major. You can play an A minor pentatonic scale on the 5th fret and sound great. In order for you to play a superimposed pentatonic scale, you simply take the minor pentatonic pattern on the 5th fret and lay it over the 8th fret and play a minor pentatonic shape starting on the c note of the 8th fret. You are basically playing a C minor pentatonic now. This will make you sound guitar more like a traditional blues guitarist.
Blues Guitarist Examples
Eric Clapton uses this techniques alot. He places a minor pentatonic over a major pentatonic and uses the notes in each scale pattern to create his riffs and melodies. I have also listened to early B.B King songs and he also uses this technique. Listen to old school blues and you can practice this technique along with them. Find out what key they are playing in then, play a minor pentatonic scale over the root note(ex: Key of G Major,lay a minor pentatonic pattern on the third fret over the major pentatonic pattern on the third fret) You can experiment and hit notes in both scales. Play what sounds good to you!
This is a very cool and advanced technique. It can be used in many genres of music.