Minor Pentatonic Scale Piano Reference

    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 its 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:

    CE♭FGB♭C
    C♯EF♯G♯BC♯
    DFGACD
    D♯F♯G♯A♯C♯D♯
    EGABDE
    FA♭B♭CE♭F
    F♯ABC♯EF♯
    GB♭CDFG
    G♯BC♯D♯F♯G♯
    ACDEGA
    B♭D♭E♭FA♭B♭
    BDEF♯AB

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


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