Major Pentatonic Scale

by Pete · 4 comments

The major pentatonic scale is based on the major scale. It uses the 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 notes from a major scale. For example, the C pentatonic major would use C, D, E , G and A.

C Major Scale

C Major Scale

C Major Scale

C Pentatonic Major

C Major Pentanonic

C Major Pentanonic

Another example going up two frets would be the D Major pentatonic scale, using D, E, F#, A, B

D Major Scale

D Major Scale

D Major Scale

D Pentatonic Major

D Major Pentatonic

D Major Pentatonic

Move this up the fretboard and you can play all the major pentatonic scales.

All notes in the this scales are in harmony with the root note, so you can not make a harmonic mistake if you stick to it, which makes them perfect for finger style solos. There are other pentatonic shapes, but we’ll cover that in a later post, but for now, try banging out a finger pentatonic solo. It’s also the riff used in the song “My Girl

Now read about the blues cousin, the Minor Pentatonic Scale

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

joshua January 9, 2011 at 6:46 am

thanks!

do you know some good variations with this?

Suzy October 25, 2011 at 2:34 pm

i don’t get the point of the ce lo green song… can u get the normal version?

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