Inner Urge Pentatonic Cheat


Here’s a nice little cheat for the B section of Inner Urge. You can just play descending minor pentatonics starting from C# minor.

Here’s the chord progression on the bridge: E∆#11 Db∆#11 D∆#11 B∆#11 C∆#11 A∆#11 Bb13#11 G∆#11

It’s a pattern. Down a minor 3rd, up a semitone, down a minor 3rd, up a semitone, down a minor 3rd, up a semitone, down a minor 3rd.

Using the C#minor pentatonic on the E∆#11 works. The notes in C# minor pent are C# E F# G# B. In relation to E∆ that’s 6 1 2 3 5

Using the C minor pentatonic on the Db∆#11 works too. The notes in C minor pent are C Eb F G Bb. In relation to Db∆ that’s 7 2 3 #11 13

That pattern repeats as you move through the chords and work down the pentatonics. Even that Bb13#11 works because there’s no 7th in the pentatonic you’re using at that point. [G minor pent]

Anyway, that’s the theory. All you need to do is move your hand ;)

My friend, Phil Danter, used to refer to this type of stuff as, ‘lightning in a bottle’, which is exactly how I feel about it.

Hey, ho!

Enjoy it while you can, but don’t forget to WORK UNTIL YOUR FINGERS BLEED, too.

Talk soon,


Comments on Inner Urge Pentatonic Cheat

  1. tony heiberg says:

    Thanks, Mike. We are playing this tune at the Hand & Flower Jam on Sunday and your tip will certainly prove useful.

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