Major Pentatonic

Major Pentatonic


The pentatonic scales (pente, Greek = five) are historically considered ancient, consist of five notes, normally do not contain any half note steps and are often used in jazz, blues, rock, pop and country music.

Because of not having any half note steps the pentatonic scales appear to have no root. It produces a sound with a suspended characteristic

Ladies & Gentlemen, And here is the pentatonic C major scale:

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.29.49

Beis_Maj_Pentatonik

hear the major pentatonic scale

By the way, if you only play the black keys on a piano, you are playing pentatonic music!

 

Application

The major pentatonic scale is the same as the Dom7 pentatonic scale, for the diminished 7th is not part of the pentatonic scale. For that reason the pentatonic scale is not listed on dom7 color circle.
The major pentatonic scale can also be played over a minor chord that has the root 3 half notes lower than the root of the major pentatonic scale (compare parallel major/minor scales, they have the same key signatures).

 

Chords

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.29.58

 

More pentatonic scales (not included in the ScaleTwister))

Gagaku (2nd mode of the Bb major pentatonic scale)

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.08

 

In-Sen-Scale

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.16

 

In-Sen-Scale

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.25

The second mode fits the Fmaj7#11 chord

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.32

The fourth mode fits the Bm7b5 chord

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.40

The fifth mode fits the Dm6 chord

 

Okinawa

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.47

 

Kumoi

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.56

 

Japanese

Bildschirmfoto-2013-06-11-um-10.30.16