Pentatonic Scales

Learn how to play pentatonic scale, which is used in most of the oriental music. Pentatonic scale is made up of five notes. In the key of C, the notes are: C, G, D, A, E.

Explanation: G is the perfect 5th of key C (moving up in a clockwise direction), and D s the perfect 5th of G, and so on (see Circle of the Fifths – C, G, D, A, E are five consecutive keys in a clockwise direction). If we put these notes in one octave, they will be C, D, E, G, A.

If we transpose C, D, E, G, A into all the black keys, they will be Gb, Ab, Bb, Db, Eb, see the diagram below:

Ab Bb Db Eb
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Click the icon below to access free virtual piano to practice all of these scales in the chart below:

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List of all the pentatonic scales in 12 keys are:

Notes of the
Pentatonic Scale
C C, D, E, G, A, C
D D, E, Gb, A, B, D
E E, Gb, Ab, B, Db, E
F F, G, A, C, D, F
G G, A, B, D, E, G
A A, B, Db, E, Gb, A
B B, Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, B
F# or Gb F#/Gb, Ab, Bb, Db, Eb, F#/Gb
Ab Ab, Bb, C, Eb, F, Ab
Bb Bb, C, D, F, G, Bb
Db Db, Eb, F, Ab, Bb, Db
Eb Eb, F, G, Bb, C, Eb


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