Guitar Minor Pentatonic Scales Formula and Patterns

Guitar Minor Pentatonic Scales

Here we are going to know about all the Guitar Minor Pentatonic Scales and their Patterns in a very simple way. All the five shapes of Minor Pentatonic with one formula based on the Major Scale.

You don't need to know all the scales just learn the Major Scale and Major Scale formula and that's it you can form any scale you want right away by using the reference of Major Scale.

What are Minor Pentatonic Scales?

Combinations of 5 notes of Major Scale are called as Pentatonic Scale. Penta means five. You can take 5 notes of any Major scale by using the Minor Pentatonic Scale formula and that's it you got your Pentatonic Scale.

In Minor Pentatonic Scales, we don't use 2nd and 6th-degree notes. We just use the other 5 which are 1st, b3rd (flat 3), 4th, 5th, and b7th (flat7) note to form any Minor Pentatonic Scale.

These scales are very useful and widely used in Rock, Pop, and Blues. You can make great solos just by using Pentatonic Scales.

There are five different shapes or patterns of Minor Pentatonic Scales. Instead of remembering all the five patterns you just got through this formula and a basic understanding of Minor Pentatonic Scales. Then you will automatically figure it out all the shapes and Scales of Minor Pentatonic.

The Formula of Minor Pentatonic Scales for Guitar:

[ (whole + half) - whole - whole  - ( whole + half ) - whole ]
or
[ ( tone + semitone ) - tone - tone - ( tone + semitone ) - tone ]
or
[ 1 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b7 - (1) ]

So in this formula, the whole step is one whole step to another note (e.g. - C to D, B to C#, Eb to F). And the half step is half steps to the next note (e.g. - C to C#, B to C, Eb to E). And the whole + half step is like counting the whole step + half step (e.g. - A to C, B to D, Eb to F#).

By using this formula you can form any Minor Pentatonic Scale.

For e.g. - Let's take an A Major Scale for the demonstration of Guitar A Minor Pentatonic Scale.

[ A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G# - (A) ]

Now let's use the formula

[ (whole + half) - whole - whole  - ( whole + half ) - whole ]

Now let's see what we are getting after applying this formula

[ A - C - D - E - G - (A) ]

So this is how we got our A Minor Pentatonic Scale. You can now use this formula to form any Minor Pentatonic Scale you want with the reference of Major Scale.

Minor Pentatonic Scales on Guitar:

A Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ A, C, D, E, G, (A) ]

B Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ B, D, E, F#, A, (B) ]

C Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ C, Eb, F, G, Bb, (C) ]

D Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ D, F, G, A, C, (D) ]

E Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ E, G, A, B, D, (E) ]

F Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ F, Ab, Bb, C, Eb, (F) ]

G Minor Pentatonic Scale - [ G, Bb, C, D, F, (G) ]

Now you got the idea of forming any Minor Pentatonic Scale just by using the reference of Major Scale. You don't need to remember all the scales. Just the formula and you are good to rock. If you have any questions, let me know in the comment down below.

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