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I really don't understand why you have had so much trouble asking this question on this forum yesterday! It seems like a good question and gets into something that I think is particular to rock style. Full disclosure: while I know the song, I never played it until yesterday and I had to fake it really badly. But I was trying to understand the how and why ...


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The fifths-up bass movement doesn't have anything to do with the suitability of the pentatonic scale per se. Even if there are many chords, there are two main keys. The progression is sliding between G major (E minor) and E major keys and letting you wander somewhere in between, and E minor pentatonic notes just happen to do something sensible in both G ...


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A few historical tidbits on European music, since that seems to be partly what the question is after. First, there's a lot of misunderstanding about modes and how they were used in medieval music. Prior to the 16th century, the modes we call Dorian, Hypodorian, Phrygian, etc. were almost exclusively used to classify chant melodies which were monophonic, ...


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The Allmans are tending to use the pentatonic major notes for the solo - not exclusively, but mainly. This makes life a lot easier, particularly with something as basic as a 3-chord song - I IV V. The propensity to play a 'bad note' - sometimes referred to as an 'avoid note' is very low. The same could have happened in Floyd's, as the verse (in Bm) and the ...


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Here is my 2 cents on this topic after some research (serendipitous research in a sense). Perhaps nowhere in Western music is there such a thing as Dorian #7. However, in Carnatic music there are modes that are equivalent to the Western modes with raised 7ths (more correctly, major 7ths). To understand this better would require a deep excursion into ...


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I have not analyzed these songs as deeply as you have. But I can say that whether or not you stay in key or move with the chords to change key is a matter of taste. Both approaches are valid. Key modulation is a common way to add movement to a song going back 100's of years or more. That is not to say that the Allman brothers are less musical when they ...


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