Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora

Richie Sambora is the guitarist and songwriter with US rock band Bon Jovi.

Wanted Dead or Alive

Richie Sambora - Guitar demo

Richie Sambora playing the intros of some of his songs.

Cross Road cover

The ESP Guitar Company produce the Sambora SA-2 signature guitar and his amplification needs have been taken care of by Diezel and others.

ESP SA-2


C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box shapes

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The table that follows lists previous BLOGoZON issues where the PENTATONIC MODES have been detailed:-

BLOGoZON
ISSUE No.
MODAL CHORD
MODAL FORMULA

PENTATATONIC
MODE NAME

m7add11
1 b 3 4 5 b 7
Minor pentatonic
6/9
1 2 b3 4 5 6
Major pentatonic
BLOGoZON No.48
7sus2/4
1 2 4 5 b7
Mode 3
-
m7add11#5
1 b3 4 #5 b7
Mode 4
-
6sus2/4
1 2 4 5 6
Mode 5

This issue demonstrates the third mode of the pentatonic minor scale - MODE 3. The underlying chord for this mode is the 7sus2/4 - Formula = 1 2 4 5 b7 - hence it is ideal for improvising over sus2 and sus4 chords.

The next table details the C major scale harmonised to match the modal formula for Mode 3 of the pentatonic minor scale, i.e. the Root, second, fourth, fifth and seventh of the respective major scale mode are harmonised to produce the appropriate 5 note chord.

The cells highlighted in yellow correspond with the chord produced by Mode 3 of the pentatonic minor scale hence there is CHORD SCALE COMPATABILITY i.e. the mode can be freely used for improvisation.

However for the cells that are not highlighted the modal chord does not match that produced by Mode 3 of the pentatonic minor scale, hence an alternative pentatonic mode will be required for improvisation.

MAJOR SCALE MODE NAME
MODAL FORMULA
PENTATONIC
HARMONISATION
PENTATONIC
MODAL CHORD
MAJOR SCALE
MODE NAME
Ionian
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 2 4 5 7
Cmaj7sus2/4
Ionian
Dorian
1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7
1 2 4 5 b7
D7sus2/4
Dorian
Phrygian
1 b2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
1 b2 4 5 b7
E7susb2/4
Phrygian
Lydian
1 2 3 #4 5 6 7
1 2 #4 5 7
Fmaj7sus2/#4
Lydian
Mixolydian
1 2 3 4 5 6 b7
1 2 4 5 b7
G7sus2/4
Mixolydian
Aeolian
1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7
1 2 4 5 b7
A7sus2/4
Aeolian
Locrian
1 b2 b3 4 b5 b6 b7
1 b2 4 b5 b7
B7b5susb2/4
Locrian

The CAGED octaves sequence is shown for C natural in the diagram that follows:-

CAGED octaves C natural

GuitarPro6 C natural octaves

The diagrams that follows show all of the C7sus2/4 arpeggio (pentatonic minor mode 3) notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard

NOTE:- The GuitarPro6 fingerboard shows Bb's enharmonic equivalent spelling A# (the augmented sixth interval name rather than the minor seventh used elsewhere on this page).

CAGED octaves C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode notes

As always a more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the C7sus2/4 arpeggio (pentatonic minor mode 3) are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

CAGED octaves C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode intervals

The table and tabbed panel below details all five box shapes for the C7sus2/4 arpeggio (pentatonic minor mode 3) in the CAGED octaves style.


CAGED octaves - C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box shapes

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5C2 pdf
5A3 pdf
6G3G1 pdf
6E4E1 pdf
4D2 pdf
5C2 at 12 pdf

  • 5C2
  • 5A3
  • 6G3G1
  • 6E4E1
  • 4D2
  • 5C2 at 12

5C2 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box

5A3 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box

6G3G1 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box

6E4E1 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box

4D2 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box

5C2 C7sus2/4 pentatonic mode box


Ritchie Sambora

I'm a cowboy on steel horse I ride,
I'm wanted dead or alive
....Zon Brookes

Slippery when Wet


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