Re: Pentatonic scales?


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Posted by El Pájaro at the beach on January 15, 2001 at 20:07:50:

In Reply to: Pentatonic scales? posted by Metallittack on January 15, 2001 at 17:59:03:

: Can someone explain to me what a pentatonic scale is and it can be used for?

Hey there,
Simply put, a pentatonic scale is just a scale with only five notes ("penta" is Latin for "five"). Pentatonics, both major and minor, are common in far eastern and other kinds of "primitive" music, yet they're used to a great extent in the blues and other kinds of western music.
A pentatonic scale consists in the root, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th degrees of either the major or the minor scale. If you play and/or listen to any rock music, play a minor pentatonic scale on your bass and its sound is surely going to be familiar. Try playing a scale consisting of the following notes: A-C-D-E-G up and down the neck and you'll see what I mean.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro (heading back to the beach...)




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