Parallel scales share the same root. For example, G major pentatonic and G minor pentatonic are parallel scales. C major and C minor are parallel keys. D dorian and D lydian are parallel modes. Parallel just means ‘same root’.

G Blues

Practice switching between parallel major and minor pentatonic.

  • Play G major pentatonic over the I and V chords
  • Play G minor pentatonic over the IV chord
  • Do this in all five positions

Starship Trooper-ish

Based on the classic Yes song.

  • Play G major pentatonic over the G chord
  • Play Eb major pentatonic over the Eb chord
  • Plat Cm pentatonic over the C chord

G | Eb | C | C