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In previous blogs about the pentatonic scales we’ve centred mainly on the Minor pentatonic scales. The great thing about the Major pentatonic scales is that they are actually based on the same shapes as the Minor pentatonic. The difference is that shape 2 of the Minor pentatonic becomes shape 1 of the Major pentatonic. The key thing to remember here is that the key centre has changed. So they function in a different way.
The notes of Em (probably the most common minor pentatonic key) pentatonic are:
E, G, A, B and D
The notes of G major pentatonic are:
G, A, B, D and E
So as you can see the notes are the same but if you play these notes in both the orders above you can hear the difference in sound between the Em pentatonic and G major pentatonic.
In order to determine which type (minor or major) to use, this all depends on the chord progression you are playing over. (we’ll explore this in future blogs)
Here are some examples of G major pentatonic riffs – when playing them they have more of a happy, major feel to them.
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