Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by basslax, Oct 15, 2000.

  1. basslax


    Apr 20, 2000
    Washington, DC
    I took lessons a while back and learned some theory, but never the pentatonic. Could you just tell me what it is?(ie. root, II, or whatever it is) I know that it can really help with basslines and such, so could you help me out.

  2. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    Root 2nd 3rd 5th and 6th of the major scale. has a page that lists this along with a large number of different scales and how they are constructed.
  3. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    Phil is bassically correct, but not entirely. A pentatonic scale is any scale comprised of five notes. Our standard major pentatonic is, as Phil says, root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. Yet just as there are diatonic modes based on the major scale, there are modes for each note of that major pentatonic scale. The "blues scale" is a pentatonic scale based on the 6th scale degree. There are also many non-western scales that are pentatonic. N. Slonminsky's scale books have all of them and much, much more.

    The great thing about pentatonic scales is that they are very melodic and don't contain any "avoid" notes