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The pentatonic scale is the most important
The history of the pentatonic scale
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What does pentatonic mean?
The word pentatonic has two significant meanings for musicians. Penta means five and tonic tone. So the pentatonic scale is a five-tone scale. Five sounds organised in a specific sequence and arrived at using intervals. An interval is a unit of measurement. Used to describe distance between tones or chords.
Pentatonic scale Intervallic structure
the scale 1 2 3 5 6
1 b3 4 5 b7
There are two important types of pentatonic scales for musicians.
The first being major the second minor pentatonic.
Minor pentatonic scales are extracted from the seven-note major scale.
We do this by omitting or removing the 4th and 7th notes of the parent major scale.