C Major Pentatonic Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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As the name suggests, the Major Pentatonic Scale has five notes and a major quality…

… and is yet another existence proof that scales are not made up of “half-steps” and “whole-steps”.

C Major Pentatonic Scale: Notation, Scale Degrees, Solfege, & Keyboard Layout…

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Comparative Scale Study: Notice that the C Major Pentatonic Scale is a subset of the C Major Scale…

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Because the most harmonically active notes F (Fa) and B (Ti) are missing, the Major Pentatonic Scale has a dreamy and relaxing quality.


Real World Examples of Major Pentatonic Scale in Action…

All in the Family (Key of Gb)

Amazing Grace (Key of C) ???

Jessica Piano Solo (Chuck Leavell, Allman Brothers) (Key of A)

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, Ascending…

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C Major Pentatonic Scale: Linear, Descending…

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

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

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learn more… C Minor Pentatonic Scale: Theory & Ear Training