Major Pentatonic Scale Piano Reference

    🎹 Avisual + interactive piano reference to the major Pentatonic scale. The major Pentatonic scales have 5 notes per octave and are constructed from the major scale by omitting the 4th and 7th scale degrees . The Pentatonic scales are generally easy to play and naturally sound good as they are composed of stable tones and omit the more unstable tones from its major scale counterpart.

    → see also: minor pentatonic scale


    Major Pentatonic Scale Formula

    From the Major scale:

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

    To the Major Pentatonic scale:

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

    Let's start with a reference table of the major Pentatonic scales. Hit play on any scale to play its pitches up and down:

    CDEGAC
    C♯D♯FG♯A♯C♯
    DEF♯ABD
    D♯FGA♯CD♯
    EF♯G♯BC♯E
    FGACDF
    F♯G♯A♯C♯D♯F♯
    GABDEG
    G♯A♯CD♯FG♯
    ABC♯EF♯A
    A♯CDFGA♯
    BC♯D♯F♯G♯B

    And now for each of the Pentatonic major scales in more detail and illustrated on the piano keyboard. Again, you can hit play to play the scales up and down:

    C Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: C D E G A

    relative key: A minor

    • C
    • D
    • E
    • G
    • A
    • C

    D Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: D E F A B

    relative key: B minor

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • A
    • B
    • D

    E Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: E F G B C

    relative key: C♯ minor

    • E
    • F
    • G
    • B
    • C
    • E

    F Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: F G A C D

    relative key: D minor

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • C
    • D
    • F

    G Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: G A B D E

    relative key: E minor

    • G
    • A
    • B
    • D
    • E
    • G

    A Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: A B C E F >

    relative key: F♯ minor

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • E
    • F
    • A

    B Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: B C D F G

    relative key: G♯ minor

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • F
    • G
    • B

    C♯ / D♭ Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: C D F G A

    relative key: A♯ minor

    • C
    • D
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • C

    D♯ / E♭ Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: D F G A C

    relative key: C minor

    • D
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • C
    • D

    F♯ / G♭ Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: F G A C D

    relative key: D♯ minor

    • F
    • G
    • A
    • C
    • D
    • F

    G♯ / A♭ Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: G A C D F

    relative key: F minor

    • G
    • A
    • C
    • D
    • F
    • G

    A♯ / B♭ Major Pentatonic Scale

    notes: A C D F G

    relative key: G minor

    • A
    • C
    • D
    • F
    • G
    • A

    piano samples

    The piano samples used here are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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