Major Pentatonic Scale Piano & Guitar Reference

    🎹 Avisual + interactive piano and guitar 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 their 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:

    C D E G A C
    C♯ D♯ F G♯ A♯ C♯
    D E F♯ A B D
    D♯ F G A♯ C D♯
    E F♯ G♯ B C♯ E
    F G A C D F
    F♯ G♯ A♯ C♯ D♯ F♯
    G A B D E G
    G♯ A♯ C D♯ F G♯
    A B C♯ E F♯ A
    A♯ C D F G A♯
    B C♯ D♯ F♯ G♯ B

    Major Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

    Here you can visualize the different keys of the major pentatonic scale on the guitar fretboard. You can highlight the notes in each of the major pentatonic scales using the CAGED or the Three Notes Per String (TNPS) systems.

    Select a Key:

    Scale:

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    Major Pentatonic Scale on Piano

    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 for this major pentatonic scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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