Pentatonic Scales Explained

First off, what are Pentatonic Scales?

Pentatonic Scales are five-note scales that give you the choice of notes or sounds to make solos from. There are lots of other scales, but the Pentatonic Scales are easy to learn and widely used in Rock, Blues, Country and Jazz music.

There are two common types the Minor Pentatonic and Major Pentatonic Scales. Each creates a different sound.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale gives the Blues sound, kind of sad or edgy–even good for Heavy Metal music.

The Major Pentatonic Scale is happier sounding (loosely speaking) and maybe more used in Country music (think of Amazing Grace or the “Chicken Reel” songs), although either can be used in any music genre.

What are the moveable Pentatonic Scale Patterns?

They are 5 scale patterns that can be moved across the fret board.
They are made of 3 to 4 fret stretches (if they were wider apart, they’d be harder to play with your four fingers).
Each pattern has 12 notes–two per string (pictured below).
The way to use them is to memorize each one, so you can line them up the fret board to play a solo.
movable box pattern
(Pentatonic Box Pattern 1 of 5 from the Kit.)

A Little Quiz...

Hover over the questions for the answer.

Q1. What is a Pentatonic Scale? A 5 Note Scale

Q2. What Musical Syles use Pentonic Scales? Rock, Country, Blues, Jazz

Q3. What are two common types of Pentatonic Scales? Minor and Major Pentatonic Scales

Q4. What is the best way to learn the 5 Box Patterns? Memorize Them

Q5. How many Notes are in each Box Pattern? Twelve--Two Per String

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