Major Pentatonic Scale

by David Wallimann

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  • After exploring the endless possibilities of the minor pentatonic scale, we'll unleash the secrets of the major pentatonic scale.

    A major pentatonic scale has 5 notes (root, maj 2nd, maj 3rd, 5th and maj 6th). The most important thing to understand is that every major scale has a relative minor scale. To understand let's compare the C major scale with the A minor scale:

    C Major:
    C D E F G A B

    A minor:
    A B C D E F G

    Notice that these two scales have the same exact notes. The only difference is the starting point of these scales. In other words, if we use the notes above on a C Major chord, the scale is going to sound Major. If we use it over an A minor chord, the scale will sound minor. A note by itself has a meaning depending only on which chord is played behind.

    If we apply this concept to a minor pentatonic, we'll see that if we start a minor pentatonic scale on its second note, we play a Major pentatonic.

    This lesson is in C Major pentatonic. Study the examples and try to improvise over the backing tracks.



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