Scales: C Major Pentatonic

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As the name suggests, the Major Pentatonic Scale has five notes… another existence proof that scales are not made up of “half-steps” and “whole-steps”.

C Major Pentatonic Scale: Notation & Keyboard Layout…



Comparative Scale Study: Notice that the C Major Pentatonic Scale is a subset of the C Major Scale. Because the most harmonically active notes F (Fa) and B (Ti) in the major scale are missing, the Major Pentatonic Scale has a dreamy and relaxing quality.

Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale. Reminder: It is absolutely essential that you sing these out loud… and to play and sing slowly enough to allow the unique sound-feeling of each solfege syllable to make an impression on your mind’s ear.

C Major Pentatonic Scale: Linear





C Major Pentatonic Scale: Do-X-Do





Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.


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