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Please, Pentatonic Scale with all modes spelled out.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by mebusdriver, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. Can someone please give me a charted example of the minor pentatonic scale with modes 1-7? Like you would find in a scale book? I've been searching the net for hours, here too, and just can't find it. Please help, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. :bassist:
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Penta means five, so per definition there can't be 7 "modes", only 5.
  3. Well that helped a lot. Thanks.
  4. I think the reason you can't find it is that it's not a concept much of anybody uses. At least in my experience.

    Here's an example of a minor pentatonic scale:

    D F G A C D

    In terms of steps:

    1.5 1 1 1.5 1
  5. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    What I've heard in my experience-

    C - Eb - F - G - Bb - minor pentatonic
    Eb - F - G - Bb - C - major pentatonic
    F - G - Bb - C - Eb - suspended pentatonic
  6. Yes indeed, but IMO those are best thought of as just different pentatonic scales. Thinking of them as modes of the minor pentatonic is IMO not a concept that will help anybody much. This is my problem with the whole "modes of the X scale" thing, but that's another thread (or three) ....

    Just my $0.02.

    My bias is that to understand modes or scales, they should be learned from the same starting point. Thus, in your terms:

    Minor pentatonic: D F G A C
    Major pentatonic: D E F# A B
    Sus pentatonic: D E G A C
  7. Take it from your major scale as a reference if you know your major scale then just drop out the 4th and 7th notes of the scale thus you come up with

    Formulae: 1-2-3-5-6

    Just another way to look at it but the advice given is sufficient enough
  8. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    I definitely think that is more helpful way to learn them, too. I was just showing how they were modes. I was going to put them into names of scale degrees, but if figured that was a given, so I'll post them here.

    R - b3 - 4 - 5 - b7
    R - 2 - 3 - 5 - 6
    R - 2 - 4 - 5 - b7
  9. Well, this helps, guess I'll just remember patterns and play them in place. I asked for modes because I was under the impression that all scales were broken into x amount of modes and kind of played in that sort of relationship. I know the major scale back and forth and all the modes in relation so I thought that's the way it was going to come out, guess I've got plenty to learn. Thanks a ton though guys.