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MINOR PENTATONIC SCALE
The minor pentatonic scale is probably the most
common scale used in rock music. We will study
this new scale like we did the major scale -
focusing on the sounds of the scale.
As the minor pentatonic scale is only 5 notes long
it is a little bit less work. Also chords
1, 4 and 5 are contained in this scale. So all the
work you did with these chords will not have to
be redone.
The major scale is the most important of all
scales and all other scales are compared to it.
Therefore in the minor pentatonic scale we do
not describe the chords and notes as 1 to 6 but
rather as something from the 1 to 8 of the major
scale. The flat symbol means that compared to
where this chord is played in the major scale it is
now to be played one fret lower. The flat has
nothing to do with the name of the chord, only
how it has been changed from the major scale.
Some of the notes from the major scale are left
out all together. Others are changed by being
flattened one fret. You will notice that chords 1,
4 and 5 are exactly the same in both scales. This
is another reason we these chords are so
commonly used.
The chord types are variable this time. The
chords will be mostly power or major but could
also be minor or seventh.
MINOR PENTATONIC AND MAJOR SCALES
NOTE NUMBERS COMPARED.
Major
Scale
Do
Re
Me
Fa
So
La
Te
Do
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Minor
Pentatonic
Scale
1
3b
4
5
7b
8