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Exploring Pentatonic Scales

All Music © Alan J Currie


We are going to explore pentatonic
music. “Penta” means five, as in
pentagon.
Pentatonic music is made up of
five different notes.
Here is a pentatonic scale. It can
begin on any note. Here we have F
sharp (#), so the scale is called F#
major pentatonic.

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These five note scales are the basis
of many forms of music.
They use the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th
notes of the scale, for example:

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We are going to learn three simple
pentatonic scales, these are C,F
and G.
C major pentatonic = C, D, E, G, A.

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F major pentatonic = F, G, A, C, D.

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G major pentatonic = G, A, B, D, E.

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Time to get composing. Use
the C major pentatonic scale.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
and experiment with short
melodies. Listen carefully to
what you create.
Record your music!