Pentatonic Scales

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Here, we will show you how to play the pentatonic scale, also called a 5-note scale. The easiest way to demonstrate this scale, is to play all of the black keys on the piano keyboard . The pentatonic scale creates a mood that may remind you of songs from East Asia.

[Review: How to play major scale which consists of seven notes in an octave]

Here are the intervals for Pentatonic Scales:

W W m3 W m3

W – whole tone ( a whole note )
m3 – minor third ( 3 semi-tone / half-tone )

Play all the black keys starting with Gb:

G♭ A♭ B♭ D♭ E♭

Intervals between:
G♭ to A♭ is a whole tone (whole step)
A♭ to B♭ is also a whole tone
B♭ to D♭ is three (3) semi tone or half tone
D♭ to E♭ is a whole tone

How to play Pentatonic Scale:

G♭- A♭- B♭- D♭- E♭
Pentatonic Scales

Now, practice playing pentatonic scale on your piano, or you use interactive Z-Board piano below:

Yamaha YPT-230 61-Key Portable Keyboard


Piano Basics

Lesson 1Layout of Piano Keys
Lesson 2Names of White Keys
Lesson 3Names of Black Keys
Lesson 4Piano Grand Staff
Lesson 5Music Notation – Note Durations

Beginners Piano

Lesson 6Learn How to Play “Brother John”
Lesson 7Learn How to Play “London Bridge is Falling Down”
Lesson 8Learn How to Play “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”
Lesson 9Playing the Major Chord
Lesson 10Three Primary Chords
Lesson 1112 Bar Blues Chord Progression
Lesson 1212 Keys of Music
Lesson 13Major Scale
Lesson 14Intervals
Lesson 15Chords of the Major Scale

Lesson 16 – Circle of Fifths

Lesson 17Chord Inversions
Lesson 18Double Chord Pattern
Lesson 19Broken Chord Pattern
Lesson 20Arpeggio Chord Pattern
Lesson 21Pentatonic Scale
Lesson 22Whole Tone Scales
Lesson 23Arpeggios


Learn another fun technique – Whole Tone Scale


Adult All-In-One Course, Level 1: Lesson-Theory-Technic (Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course)

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