For playing blues (my favorite), one of the ideas, that I have seen and try to follow when mixing major/minor modes when soloing is as follows: (Assuming a song with a I-IV-V type progression, like a shuffle) When the one chord is playing, use the major pentatonic scale for the one chord. When the four chord is playing, use the minor pentatonic or blues scale for the one chord. When the five chord is playing play the minor pentatonic or blues scale for the five chord. So for example, if playing in the key of E, When E7 is playing use notes from the E major pentatonic scale. When A7 is playing use notes from the E minor pentatonic or blues scale. When B7 is playing use notes from the B minor pentatonic or blues scale. So here are my questions: 1. How many of you have done this or try to do this? 2. For those that do, how much emphasis do you put on having notes that overlap between both the E minor and B minor scale when playing over the five chord? The reason I ask is that it seems that when I try to play the B minor pentatonic or blues scale over the B7 chord, I I pick notes that dont overlap both E minor pentatonic and B minor pentatonic they can sound very out of place and not blues all, whereas if I just stay in the E minor pentatonic or blues scale it sounds very bluesy. When the wheels really fall off, using the B minor/blues over the five chord can damn near sound like a wrong note out of key.... So getting back to my example. E7 chord is playing, I am playing riffs and notes out of position 1 of the E major scale (9th through 12th frets), perhaps focusing on the third and fourth string (playing the ninth and eleventh frets on those strings). Then the four chord starts playing. I can either go to position 5 of the minor pentatonic scale and keep everything rooted over the ninth fret OR I can slide up to play position 1 on the 12th fret. Cool, sounds good. BUT THEN THE FIVE CHORD GETS PLAYED and I go to position 1 of the b minor/blues scale (7th fret area). It can sound kind of weird if I play anything outside of notes that also line up with position 4 of the E minor pentatonic scale, so the 7th and 9th fret of the third and fourth string. If I try to play the high E string notes of the b minor scale over the B7 chord it can sound weird. Maybe I just need to find some new or better riffs when doing this.... And not to worry, I PROMISE I don't get too in my head and try not to think too much or at all when actually playing, but I do try to take notice of what I like and don't like and what does and doesn't sound good (to me). So how do you guys mix major and minor scale ideas when soloing for blues? Cheers and happy playing.