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Quiz Answer: The Intervals (specifically: W-W-H-W-W-W-H) set a scale as the Major Scale.


-The Pentatonic Scale is a group of five notes from any given key which sound particularly melodic when played within that key.

The Pentatonic Scale is extracted from the Diatonic (7 note) scale. It uses the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th degrees of the Major Scale (the 4th & 7th degrees are omitted). Or the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 7th degrees of the Natural Minor Scale (the 2nd & 6th degrees are omitted).


-The Minor Pentatonic Scale is quite common in Blues and Rock guitar and is usually the first Pentatonic scale learned.

-The “E minor” pentatonic scale in its open position is one of the easiest of the pentatonic scales to play because it utilizes all of the open strings.

E minor Pentatonic Scale in the open positionFig.1. The E minor Pentatonic Scale in the open position.  You need to fret only 6 of the notes, the other 6 notes are on the Open strings.  


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Video 1. The “E minor” Pentatonic Scale played in the open position.


Any note or combination of notes from the Pentatonic Scale of a given key will sounds good when played with the  cords of that key (I-IV-V  Chords).



Video 2. The E minor Pentatonic Scale played with the Power Cord progression: E –  A  –  B .



Video 3.  Here is an E-A-B be backing track so you can try playing the pentatonic scale.  Try changing the order of the notes to see if you can create an interesting melody.


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