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MAJOR PENTATONIC
Another commonly used scale is the major
pentatonic scale.
Again it is good to know the structure of the
scale and how it is compared to the major scale.
Therefore in the major 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. You will notice that compared to the major
scale that notes 4 and 7 missing.
The chord types are variable this time. The
chords will be mostly power or major but could
also be minor or seventh.
MAJOR 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
Major
Pentatonic
Scale
1
2
3
5
6
8
The trick to playing major pentatonic is that you
use the same scale and box shapes as you did for
minor pentatonic only move three frets back.
The tonic note will be the same name e.g. if you
played A minor pentatonic the A note would be
the tonic, and then when you play A major
pentatonic the A note would still be the tonic.
The tonic note will become a new finger in the
scale pattern. It will move to the next finger in
the scale.
Because the scales are the same patterns you can
use the same licks, ONLY for the major
pentatonic scale you should emphasize the
correct tonic.
When playing bass you can play entirely in either
the major pentatonic or minor pentatonic scale,
or you can mix them up. Generally you will use
minor for dirty sounding blues and rock, and use
major for sweet sounding blues and rock. Check
this table - remember it is a
generalization.
MINOR
MAJOR
is mainly
is mainly
used for
used for
Dirty blues/rock.
Sweet blues/rock.
Minor ballads.
Major ballads.
Most blues/rock is minor while most ballads are
major.
The best way to judge what to use is to listen.
Jam using each scale and see how each one fits.
Most songs will be one or the
other. Some songs
can be played using both.
About half the time the tonic notes will be in the
same place on the guitar but with a different
finger.