Minor Pentatonic Scale

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The Minor Pentatonic Scale

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

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

The G note will be used as the root note for this example. Starting at G note count up three half-steps to the Bb note. Next, count up another two half-steps from the Bb note to the C note. Now, count up 2 half-steps from the C note to the D note. Next, count up three half-steps from the D note. Three half-steps above D is F. From the F note count up two 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 pentatonic minor we just constructed written in standard notation and guitar tab.

Two Octave G Pentatonic Minor

G minor pentatonic scale on the guitar

Minor Pentatonic Scale Charts

Below are scale charts for the minor pentatonic scale. 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.

Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 1 Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 2 Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 3 Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 4 Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 5 Minor pentatonic guitar scale chart 6

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.

Minor Pentatonic Scales on the Guitar

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