Major Pentatonic Scales

Firstly locate the C Major scale, C D E F G A B then C.
Now locate the C Major Pentatonic Scale using these 5 notes from the C Major scale, C D E G A then C.

1 - C - 1st mode of the C Major Pentatonic Scale
2 - D - 2nd "
3 - E - 3rd "
5 - G - 4th "
6 - A - 5th mode of the C Major Pentatonic Scale (Also known as the A Minor Pentatonic Scale).

The first column of numbers indicate the degree of the major scale.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale is found by starting at the 5th mode eg.
A C D E G then A (6 1 2 3 5, 6) are the 5 notes used for the A Minor Pentatonic scale.
This scale may be discribed as the 5th mode of the C Major Pentatonic Scale.
You could use the A string as a backing note.

You may like to try the 3rd mode of the Major Pentatonic Scale. Use an open E string as backing for these notes, E G A C D then E (3 5 6 1 2, 3).

Try modes 2 and 4 and see how they sound.

Playing the pentatonic modes in all keys across the entire fretboard will become apparent once you have learnt the Guitarmodes method.

11 Oct 2009