Minor Pentatonic Scale



A Pentatonic Scale is a scale with five notes (tones) per octave. The term 'Minor Pentatonic Scale' usually refers to the Relative Minor Pentatonic Scale, derived from the Major Pentatonic Scale. The Minor Pentatonic Scale is common in blues, rock, country, and jazz.


The Minor Pentatonic Scale has the same notes as the (Natural) Minor Scale, but omits the 2nd and 6th degrees, using the scale tones 1, 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the (Natural) Minor Scale. The tonic of the Minor Pentatonic Scale is 3 semitones below the root of the Major Pentatonic Scale.


After the root (tonic) note, the following notes of the Minor Pentatonic Scale are separated by; a Whole & a Half Step (2), a Whole Step (3), a Whole Step (4), another Whole & a Half Step (5), and another Whole Step to the supertonic. The Supertonic is the same note as the root, but with twice the pitch.