RE: Major Pentatonic
>From: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>For those who are interested, my book "Jazz Harp" (Oak Publications,
>NYC) contains pentatonic scale exercises in 12 keys.
>This scale is called the "major pentatonic," not the "Irish" pentatonic...
>By the way, the minor pentatonic scale includes the same scale degrees
>as the major (1-2-3-5-6), with the exception that the the third degree
>of the scale is flatted (e.g. in C, the major pentatonic scale is
>C-D-E-G-A; the minor pentatonic scale is C-D-Eb-G-A).
>It's a very useful scale.
>Regards, Richard Hunter
Great post and great book Richard. Jazz Harp II would be something nice to
see someday but I realize that there is a limited buying pool from a
I've always considered a minor pentatonic scale to be a mode(Aeolian/Natural
Minor) of the major pentatonic
1 2 3 5 6
C D E G A
A C D E G
1 b3 4 5 b7
Having known and used the OTHER Minor Pentaonic for years, I've never known
what it is really called.
Minor Pentaonic #2?
R & B Pentatonic?
C D Eb G A
1 2 b3 5 6
In certain tunes in a minor key, the major sixth of this scale would have a
more pronounced tension than a minor sixth or seventh would.
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