Tutorial by Douglas Showalter

The Major Pentatonic Scale

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While the notes in a major scale sound great when played in a specific way, there are certain notes that have to be carefully placed to work within the harmony. The Major Pentatonic Scale works to remedy this situation by eliminating two of the notes from the major, enabling every note to sound harmonically "in the right place." While stylistically this may or may not sound particularly innovative, the fact remains that these 5 notes sit almost perfectly inside their major key and create a foundation to work from when exploring rock soloing. "Penta" meaning five, and "tonic," meaning note; come together to name this scale. Here is a breakdown of the scale stemming from our previous graph.

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Instructor Douglas Showalter
6 Videos / 4 Score