Watch the Magic Woman online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Essentials: Chord Tone Soloing

The feel on this one is a classic rhumba that's a little bit of a challenge, so like everything else we've done, please learn the chord progression and rhythm guitar part! I'm serious! Not only is it educational, it's fun and it's the song. The reason why the D minor pentatonic scale sound so good is that it contains a D minor chord. Seems kind of obvious, right? I don't end up taking anything for granted anymore, because for many years I didn't even think about that simple concept. D minor pentatonic is spelled D-F-G-A-C and D minor is spelled D-F-A. So that's going to sound great.

The next chord in the progression is A minor and that is spelled A-C-E. So, as we can see, both the A and C notes are contained in the chord and the scale. The real strong note that I hit in the solo on that change is the E because it's not contained in the pentatonic scale. Just to be clear, any of the other notes will sound equally as good, so please don't dismiss them. As an exercise, try playing the A and C notes when changing to the A minor chord. If you look at the G minor chord, you'll see the same kind of thing. G minor is spelled G-Bb-D, so the Bb is the note that is not contained in D minor pentatonic scale. It will be particularly cool note to hit on the change, and once again, do not dismiss the G or D.