Using Different Pentatonic Scales Over Min7 Chords

Hello guys,

today I’m going to talk about how to play over a Min7 chord using different Pentatonic Scales.

Obviously, when we see a Min7 chord we might think to play a couple of sounding great solutions like:

1) Minor Pentatonic on the Root

2) Doric Scale on the Root.

That’s fine! But what about considering to play the extensions of the chord?
What if we decided to play the 9th, 11th, 13th even if those intervals are not played in the chord? We can do that!!

Let’s do this! It might be useful to think about the Major Scale Mode for a second.

As you might know, in the harmonization of the scale we would have this chor sequence:

Maj7, Min7, Min7, Maj7, Dom7, Min7, Min7b5. 

So, if we considered our Min7 chord as a II grade, we could play a Dorian or a Phrygian or an Aeolian or even a Mixolydian!

Having said that, why don’t try to use the Minor Pentatonic and Dominant Seventh Pentatonic over the Root, II, V, & IV?
What would we get?

Let’s see….

Playing Minor Pentatonic over the Root: 

R, minor 3rd, 4th, 5th, minor 7th. 

Playing Minor Pentatonic over the II:

9th, 4th, 5th, 6th, R 

Minor Pentatonic over the V:

5th, 7th, R, 9th, 4th 

Dominant Seventh Pentatonic over the IV:

4th, 5th, 6th, R, minor 3rd.

I love these combinations, and I think it could help you to spice up your playing a little bit! Try to experiment with them and if you need help please don’t hesitate to write a comment over here or
write me at

If you want to deepen the scales and tools you can use on the Modern Blues, please check out my “Scale Concepts For Modern Blues Guitar” and “Jazz & Blues Standards Soloing”:

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