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

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

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Play and notice the simple, primitive minor quality of the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Comparative Scale Study: All five notes in the Minor Pentatonic Scale are used in the Minor Blues Scale. Don’t try to “memorize” this fact, but do realize how much certain scale types have in common. For extra credit, you might also notice that the C Minor Pentatonic Scale is a mode of the Eb Major Pentatonic Scale and vice versa.


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.

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 Minor Pentatonic Scale: Linear, Ascending…

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C Minor Pentatonic Scale: Linear, Descending…

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

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

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