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Re: What runs can you play over power chords
11/24/2007 4:02 PM
Mike Sullivan (1184) wrote:
Rules??? Never!!!! However, what sound are you going for? As with blues music, both the minor and major 3rd are used while hipper, "outside" sounding pentatonic use can be heard in the post-bop jazz world. Try playing a D, E or an A minor pentatonic over a Dm7 and listen to the difference.
As for the power chord issue, listen to the overal tonality of the phrase because there might be an instrument, including the vocal, that is supplying the third. I was subbing on a classic/hard rock gig (which had charts?!?!?) and somebody called out Warpigs by Black Sabbath! This has lots of power chords and a minor tonality but the vocal has a major 3rd in there that could fight with the minor pentatonic ...in theory. But, in practice, it sounds great and adds to the dissonance (clashing of sounds) that makes for a great rock tune. Your ears always know best.