Blues School: Minor Pentatonic Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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As the name suggests, the Minor Pentatonic Scale has five notes and a minor quality…

… and is widely-used in Blues tonalities in blues (of course), folk, pop, and rock.

Here, for example, are the notes in the C Minor Pentatonic Scale identified by letter name, scale degree, and Solfege syllable…

  1. The scale structure of the Minor Pentatonic Scale is always 1-b3-4-5-b7-1, no matter what key you are in.
  2. The Solfege syllables of the Minor Pentatonic Scale are always Do-Me-Fa-So-Te-Do, no matter what key you are in.
  3. The only thing that changes when you change keys are the letter names.

Comparative Scale Study

Notice that the Minor Pentatonic Scale is just the Minor Blues Scale without the most harmonically-active tone #4/b5 (Fi/Se) missing…

Solfege Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is an extremely effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in any musical scale. 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 Minor Pentatonic Scale: Linear, Ascending…

C Minor Pentatonic Scale: Linear, Descending…


C Minor Pentatonic Scale: Do-X-Do, Ascending…

C Minor Pentatonic Scale: Do-X-Do, Descending…

learn more… Major Blues Scale: Theory & Ear Training