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Major Pentatonic Scale Ebook

Play The Major Pentatonic Scale In Any Key

Major Pentatonic Scales Ebook

This ebook is similar to the Minor Pentatonic Scales Ebook except it shows all the notes and all the boxes for the major pentatonic scales in every key.

Again, there’s no theory involved. There’s no talk of tones and half tones or steps and half steps.

The major pentatonic scale seems to be less commonly used or learnt than the minor pentatonics one but still has its uses to good effect, especially when the two scales are used together. Most of the rock guitar or lead guitar courses teach you the minor pentatonic scale from the start and don’t even mention the major scale.

So, if you need to put a solo or riff together in a particular key, this ebook will show you the notes and boxes. It shows all five positions, including the ones an octave above and an octave below the root note. It shows them for the sharp and flat keys as well, such as Bb, Eb, F#, etc.

This is a Windows based program, sorry Mac users, that should work on any computer that has Windows 95 or above and Internet Explorer 4 or above. Just right click the link below and select save as to download to your computer, unzip and run the file, and follow the instructions to install it on your computer.

 

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Major Pentatonic Scale

What’s The Difference Between Major And Minor Pentatonics Scales

Very simply put, the difference between the major pentatonic and the minor pentatonic scales is three frets. You can take the notes of your minor scale and move it down the fret board three frets towards the head of the guitar and you then have your major scale in the same key.

Or, take the minor scale three frets lower and that becomes your major scale. Eg, the G major pentatonic scale is the same as the E minor pentatonic scale.

One last method you can use to work out the notes of a major pentatonic scale is to take the second box of the minor pentatonic scale and move it to the root note and it becomes the first box of the major pentatonic scale.

It’s much easier to explain with diagrams. The diagram below shows all the notes on the fretboard for the G Major pentatonic scale. Compare this to the one for E Minor pentatonic scale and you will see that it is exactly the same.

G Major Pentatonic Scale - All Notes

G Major Pentatonic Scale – All Notes

This is the tab and diagram for the fifth position, one octave lower, of the G Major pentatonic scale. Notice that it’s the same as the first shape of the E Minor pentatonic scale. It’s also the first shape of the G Minor pentatonic scale moved down the fretboard by three frets:

e |----------------|----------------|--------0---3---|
B |----------------|----------------|0---3-----------|
G |----------------|--------0---2---|----------------|
D |----------------|0---2-----------|----------------|
A |--------0---2---|----------------|----------------|
E |0---3-----------|----------------|----------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box - One Octave Lower

G Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box – One Octave Lower

First box pattern of the G Major pentatonic with the root note, G, on the third fret of the sixth string:

e |----------------|----------------|--------3---5---|
B |----------------|----------------|3---5-----------|
G |----------------|--------2---4---|----------------|
D |----------------|2---5-----------|----------------|
A |--------2---5---|----------------|----------------|
E |3---5-----------|----------------|----------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale First Box

G Major Pentatonic Scale First Box

Second box of the five patterns:

e |----------------|----------------|--------5---7---|
B |----------------|----------------|5---8-----------|
G |----------------|--------4---7---|----------------|
D |----------------|5---7-----------|----------------|
A |--------5---7---|----------------|----------------|
E |5---7-----------|----------------|----------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale Second Box

G Major Pentatonic Scale Second Box

Third box of the five positions:

e |-----------------|----------------|--------7---10---|
B |-----------------|----------------|8---10-----------|
G |-----------------|--------7---9---|-----------------|
D |-----------------|7---9-----------|-----------------|
A |--------7---10---|----------------|-----------------|
E |7---10-----------|----------------|-----------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale Third Box

G Major Pentatonic Scale Third Box

Fourth box:

e |-----------------|------------------|--------10---12---|
B |-----------------|------------------|10---12-----------|
G |------------------|--------9---12---|------------------|
D |------------------|9---12-----------|------------------|
A |--------10---12---|-----------------|------------------|
E |10---12-----------|-----------------|------------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

G Major Pentatonic Scale Fourth Box

Fifth of the five boxes:

e |------------------|------------------|--------12---15---|
B |------------------|------------------|12---15-----------|
G |------------------|--------12---14---|------------------|
D |------------------|12---14-----------|------------------|
A |--------12---14---|------------------|------------------|
E |12---15-----------|------------------|------------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

G Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

The last of the tabs and scale diagrams shows the first box one octave higher:

e |------------------|------------------|--------15---17---|
B |------------------|------------------|15---17-----------|
G |------------------|--------14---16---|------------------|
D |------------------|14---17-----------|------------------|
A |--------14---17---|------------------|------------------|
E |15---17-----------|------------------|------------------|
G Major Pentatonic Scale First Box - One Octave Higher

G Major Pentatonic Scale First Box – One Octave Higher

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A Major Pentatonic Scale

Major Pentatonic Scales Part 2 – A Major Pentatonic Scale

If you’ve read the first article G Major Pentatonic Scale, I don’t need to explain the difference between major and minor pentatonics scales and moving the minor scale three frets down the fret board. I’m just going to quickly show you the scale diagrams and tabs for the A Major pentatonic scale.

Fifth pattern one octave lower:

e |----------------|----------------|--------2---5---|
B |----------------|----------------|2---5-----------|
G |----------------|--------2---4---|----------------|
D |----------------|2---4-----------|----------------|
A |--------2---4---|----------------|----------------|
E |2---5-----------|----------------|----------------|

A Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box - One Octave Lower

A Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box – One Octave Lower

First position with the root note, A, on the fifth fret of the sixth string:

e |----------------|----------------|--------5---7---|
B |----------------|----------------|5---7-----------|
G |----------------|--------4---6---|----------------|
D |----------------|4---7-----------|----------------|
A |--------4---7---|----------------|----------------|
E |5---7-----------|----------------|----------------|

A Major Pentatonic Scale First Box

A Major Pentatonic Scale First Box

Second of the five positions:

e |----------------|----------------|--------7---9----|
B |----------------|----------------|7---10-----------|
G |----------------|--------6---9---|-----------------|
D |----------------|7---9-----------|-----------------|
A |--------7---9---|----------------|-----------------|
E |7---9-----------|----------------|-----------------|

A Major Pentatonic Scale Second Box

A Major Pentatonic Scale Second Box

Third of the five patterns:

e |-----------------|-----------------|---------9---12---|
B |-----------------|-----------------|10---12-----------|
G |-----------------|--------9---11---|------------------|
D |-----------------|9---11-----------|------------------|
A |--------9---12---|-----------------|------------------|
E |9---12-----------|-----------------|------------------|

A Major Pentatonic Third Box

A Major Pentatonic Third Box

Fourth box:

e |------------------|------------------|--------12---14---|
B |------------------|------------------|12---14-----------|
G |------------------|--------11---14---|------------------|
D |------------------|11---14-----------|------------------|
A |--------12---14---|------------------|------------------|
E |12---14-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Major Pentatonic Fourth Box

A Major Pentatonic Fourth Box

Fifth box of the five boxes:

e |------------------|------------------|--------14---17---|
B |------------------|------------------|14---17-----------|
G |------------------|--------14---16---|------------------|
D |------------------|14---16-----------|------------------|
A |--------14---16---|------------------|------------------|
E |14---17-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

A Major Pentatonic Scale Fifth Box

First box repeated one octave higher:

e |------------------|------------------|--------17---19---|
B |------------------|------------------|17---19-----------|
G |------------------|--------16---18---|------------------|
D |------------------|16---19-----------|------------------|
A |--------16---19---|------------------|------------------|
E |17---19-----------|------------------|------------------|

A Major Pentatonic Scale First Box - One Octave Higher

A Major Pentatonic Scale First Box – One Octave Higher

Finally, the diagram showing all the notes:

A Major Pentatonic Scale - All Notes

A Major Pentatonic Scale – All Notes