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    Pentatonic Exploration: Major & Minor Pentatonic Scales

    โœจ๐ŸŽตโœจ This little musical tool allows you to play around with notes of the pentatonic scale.

    Just select a root note and a type of pentatonic scale and then hit the notes of that scale over multiple octaves.

    A progressively larger reverb is applied to each successive octave, making it easy to play around with dreamy melody ideas.

    Also check out Peaceful Sound, another musical experiment based on the pentatonic scale.

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    About the Pentatonic Scale

    Pentatonic scales are 5-note scales which are part of many musical traditions.

    It's often said that we can't hit any "wrong" notes when playing a pentatonic scale. All the notes of a pentatonic scale will sound harmonious and pleasing to the ear, regardless of the order in which they are played. This is because the pentatonic scale consists of only five notes, which are chosen for their consonance with each other.

    As a result, any melody or improvisation using only the notes of a pentatonic scale is unlikely to sound dissonant or "wrong". This makes the pentatonic scale a popular choice for musicians of all skill levels, as it allows for greater freedom and creativity in their playing.

    Here's an interesting video where Bobby McFerrin shows us how the pentatonic scale fells natural to the ear.

    The major pentatonic scale consists of scale degrees 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 of the major scale.

    The minor pentatonic scale consists of scale degrees 1, 3, 4, 5 and 7 of the natural minor scale.

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