Pentatomic – Superlocrio

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Pentatomic – All you can do with the minor pentatonic " is an educational column that explains the use of the pentatonic scale on the modes where its application is possible. The familiarity of this scale for guitarists means that its application is immediate even in the less usual ways. Pentatonic is widely used by guitarists of all kinds and backgrounds.
Here are many possible applications.

SUPERLOCRIO mode

The superlocrian scale or more simply superlocrian mode is the scale built on the seventh degree of melodic minor jazz. This scale is widely used in jazz music and finds its direct application on the chord built on the fifth degree, or an altered dominant chord. If we think in C it is the scale that starts from the seventh degree, that is, from the note yes. We said that its main use is on the altered dominant chord, more specifically it is the chord that has the altered fifth and ninth chord inside. How to recognize when to use the superlocria scale? It's very simple… When we find a chord that has this pair of tensions # 5 # 9 or # 5 b9 inside. Obviously the chord in question is a dominant so we assume that it contains a major third and a dominant seventh in its voicing. We can build the superlocrian scale in various ways, I recommend thinking of the melodic minor scale a semitone above the altered chord. The alterations contained in the superlocria are the following: b9 # 9, b5 # 5.
A possible arrangement of the voices to bring this sound to life could be the following:
T, 3, b7, #5, b9

There are many famous recordings that have drawn on the superlocrian mode their characteristic. I can quote JuJu by jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter, recorded on August 3, 1964.
The first chord of this piece is a B7 # 5, clearly a superlocrum!

To describe this way I chose the minor pentatonic a minor third above the tonic chord for its easy use and fluidity. In fact, with the minor pentatonic a minor third above the tonic chord we play these tensions: # 9, b5, # 5, b7, b9, all notes that perfectly describe the superlocrious mode!

You just have to try!

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