The Unbelievable Major Pentatonic Scale
The major pentatonic scale- by David R. Henry
Just a hint: what does ‘penta’ mean?
12356……. No, I didn’t forget how to count. That’s a secret code that will change your life. It’s used all over the planet and opens the door to a world of joy and pleasure. What am I talking about? It’s the major pentatonic scale and it’s going to become your best friend. The major pentatonic scale Piano.
Five Simple Notes
From The Grateful Dead, to the Allman Brothers, to the superstars of country music, the most widely used scale is the major pentatonic. It’s amazing that just five notes can make so much music. People have made a living just playing those five notes. Some people call them ‘Do Re Mi So La‘, while others number them ‘12356’. Now you know the meaning of the code at the beginning of this article. 😋 The major pentatonic scale piano.
That sweet sound
The major pentatonic scale has a sweet, happy sound and goes well with pop, folk, country and southern rock. It was even used by blues legend B. B. King. Many songs, like ‘Amazing Grace’, are major pentatonic tunes.
In the key of G, the major pentatonic scale is GABDE. It is found only on the white keys. That makes it really easy to play. The black keys can get confusing.
The key of C, which is also called the natural scale because of its existence without sharps and flats, we can find this same scale. Here, we have our pentatonic scale as ‘CDEGA‘. That’s pretty easy guys! Give it a shot!
Also, in the key of F, the five seemingly magical major pentatonic notes are FGACD.
If you noticed, these keys do not have any black keys in their pentatonic scale. That makes things easier to flow in the major pentatonic scale piano.
Finally, the key of C# gives us C# D# F G# A# as our fun pentatonic notes. That would be an example of a key with black notes in its pentatonic scale. That’s fair enough guys. If you need the notes of the pentatonic scale in any key, just comment…. keep an eye on this blog, more is on the way!
Jump and Hop
The scale sounds good if you run up and down it but will get old if you do that for too long. It’s best to jump around in the scale and you can even repeat notes. There are no rules, but try to be melodic with your playing. It helps to know some licks and sequences as this will be more pleasing to your audience.
The Hidden Scale
If you are clever and observant, you will see that the major pentatonic scale is also another related scale. We’ll discuss that next Time.
How do you use the major pentatonic scale?
What are your favorite licks and sequences? Let me know in the comments section below.
Until next time….
About David R. Henry
David R. Henry is an advanced guitarist, writer, singer, and a risk-taking teacher filled with the Holy Spirit. He lives presently in Hong Kong. He is the composer of the song named, ‘No Problem‘ and many other awesome songs.
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