Modal Pentatonics: Concept - Part 1

by David Wallimann

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  • Before building modal pentatonic scales, let’s take a look at a natural minor pentatonic scale. That scale is very common in modern music and is used in most leads today.

    Let’s analyze the nature of the five notes we have in the pentatonic scale:


    In the case of a natural minor pentatonic scale, we have a minor 3rd, perfect 4th, perfect5th and minor 7th.

    However, if we were to apply that formula to our seven church modes, we will have different types of 3rds, 4ths, 5ths and 7ths creating original scales with five notes hence the modal pentatonic concept.

    In today's lesson, we'll go through these 7 modal pentatonic scales. The goal here is to memorize the positions along with the sound of each ones of these scales.







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