Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale

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The Major Pentatonic Scale

The major pentatonic is a five note scale. To construct this scale first choose a note to start from (the root note) and follow the half-step formula for the pentatonic major scale.

Major Pentatonic Half-step Formula: 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3

The G note will be used as the root note for this example. Starting at the G note count up two half-steps to the A note. Next, count up another two half-steps from the A note to the B note. Now, count up 3 half-steps from the B note to the D note. Next, count up two half-steps from the D note. Two half-steps above D is E. From the E note count up three half-steps to the G note. Since the G note is the octave the scale is complete.

Below is the two octave version of the G major pentatonic constructed above written in standard notation and guitar tab.

Two Octave G Major Pentatonic Scale

G major pentatonic guitar tablature

Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale Charts

Below are scale charts for the pentatonic major. The horizontal lines represent the guitar strings with the first string (high E) at the top. The vertical lines represent frets. The numbers are recommended fingers to use. The squares mark the root note of the scale.

These scale patterns are movable, that is, they can be played in anywhere on the neck. The root of the scale is denoted by a box.

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The point of displaying scales as charts is to allow you to see the scale as a diagram that can the be visualized on the fretboard.

Major Pentatonic Scales on the Guitar

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