Minor Pentatonic Scale Piano & Guitar Reference

    An interactive piano and guitar reference to the minor pentatonic scale. The minor Pentatonic scales have 5 notes per octave and are constructed from the natural minor scale by omitting the 2nd and 6th scale degrees.

    The minor 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 natural minor scale counterpart.

    → see also: major pentatonic scale

    Minor Pentatonic Scale Formula

    From the natural minor scale degrees:

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

    To the minor Pentatonic scale:

    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7

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

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

    Minor Pentatonic Scale on Guitar

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

    Select a Key:

    Scale:

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    Minor Pentatonic Scale on Piano

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

    C Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: C E F G B

    relative key: E major

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

    D Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: D F G A C

    relative key: F major

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

    E Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: E G A B D

    relative key: G major

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

    F Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: F A B C E

    relative key: G major

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

    G Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: G B C D F

    relative key: A major

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

    A Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: A C D E G

    relative key: C major

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

    B Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: B D E F A

    relative key: D major

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

    C♯ / D♭ Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: C E F G B

    relative key: E major

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

    D♯ / E♭ Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: D F G A C

    relative key: F major

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

    F♯ / G♭ Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: F A B C E

    relative key: A major

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

    G♯ / A♭ Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: G B C D F

    relative key: B major

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

    B♭ / A♯ Minor Pentatonic Scale

    notes: B D E F A

    relative key: C major

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

    Piano Samples

    The piano samples used for this minor pentatonic scale reference are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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