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The ultimate guide to scales and keys: playing on step 1
So you've been playing on your Native American Flute for a while by yourself, and now you want to play with a guitarist, or against some piece of music. Let's say you have a flute in A. What's the easiest thing to do? Ask your guitarist to play in A. So your guitarist strikes and A chord and you start playing. And it doesn't work! What's happening? Well, we don't always say it, but an `A flute' is really an `A minor flute'. Ok, you tell your guitarist `make that A minor' and off you go. Doesn't it sound great?

The reason that this works so well is that the notes of the pentatonic scale on A that's built into your flute overlap largely with the A minor chord. Your first, second, and fourth note are all in the A chord. If your guitarist plays an Am7 chord, the fifth note also fits. Play any note and you have an 80 percent chance of hitting something that fits his chord! The only note that doesn't fit, the D, can be used as a `passing note': you can play it to get from one chord note to another.

Is your guitarist getting tired of playing that Am chord yet? He can also play Dm and Em and it will sound fine with what you're doing. A D major instead of minor will also work An E major chord will crunch a bit if you play a G at that moment, but you can always pretend to be playing the blues.

Here is some one-chord jamming in A , G, and C.