All Pentatonic Scales with formula

Get to know about all the Pentatonic Scales and types. Pentatonic Scales on Guitar are the combinations of five notes with five different positions. Just by using simple formulas, you can form any Guitar Pentatonic Scales you want.

Pentatonic Scales

What is Pentatonic Scales?

As the name suggests Penta means five that's why it called Pentatonic Scales. It includes only 5 notes in a scale. There are five shapes in Pentatonic Scales which you have to learn for great soloing.

Where do these scales get to use?

These scales are mostly useful in soloing. You can create great solos, melodies, or lead. If you want to be a Blues guitarist then Pentatonic Scales are very important and useful for you. These scales are also get used in Rock, Pop, R&B, and many other genres. There are two types of Pentatonic Scales which are given below.

1. Major Pentatonic Scales:

You can form any Major Pentatonic Scale just by using the Major Pentatonic Scale formula with the reference of Major Scale.

In Major Pentatonic Scales we don't use 4th and 7th-degree notes. We just use the other 5 which are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th note to form any Major Pentatonic Scale.

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

Major Pentatonic Scales Formula :

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

or

[ tone - tone - ( tone + semitone ) - tone - ( tone + semitone ) ]

or

[ 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 7 - (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 Major Pentatonic Scale. For e.g. - Let's take a C Major Scale for demonstration.

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

Now let's use the formula

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

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

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

So this is how we got our C Major Pentatonic Scale. You can now use this formula to form any Major Pentatonic Scale you want.

All Major Pentatonic Scales:

A Major Pentatonic Scale - [ A, B, C#, E, F#, (A) ]

B Major Pentatonic Scale - [ B, C#, D#, F#, G#, (B) ]

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

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

E Major Pentatonic Scale - [ E, F#, G#, B, C#, (E) ]

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

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

Minor Pentatonic Scales:

Just like Major Pentatonic Scales, you can also form any Minor Pentatonic Scale just by using formula. You can take a reference of either Major Scale or Minor scale.

If you are taking the reference of Major scale then you just need to remove the 2nd and 6th-degree note and make the flat 3rd and 7th note and that's it. You got your Minor Pentatonic Scale.

And, if you are taking the reference of Minor Scale then it becomes easier. Just remove 2nd and 6th-degree note and that's it you got your scale.

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.

Minor Pentatonic Scales Formula:

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

or

[ ( tone + semitone ) - tone - tone - ( tone + semitone ) - tone ]

or

[ 1 - b3 - 4 - 5 - b7 - (1) ]

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.

All Minor Pentatonic Scales:

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 Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales 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. You can also form sharps and flats scales with these formulas.

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