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Lesson 6: Minor Pentatonic Scale Patterns

There are no new scale patterns to learn here. If you studied the patterns in the Major Pentatonic Scale Patterns lesson, then you already know your minor pentatonic scale patterns. If you didn't study Major Pentatonic Scale Patterns, you might want to go do that first.

For every major pentatonic scale, there is a relative minor pentatonic scale. These two scales share the exact same notes. The only difference is that they start in different places. To find the relative minor of a major scale go down a minor 3rd (3 frets).

Example 1

For the C major pentatonic scale, the relative minor would be A minor pentatonic scale.

Example 2

C Major penatonic scale = C - D - E- G - A
A Minor pentatonic scale = A - C - D - E - G

This means that if you want to play an A minor pentatonic scale, you can play a C major pentatonic scale, just focusing on A as the tonic.

Example 3

If you wanted to play D minor pentatonic scale
you would use an F major pentatonic scale

Example 4

If you wanted to play B minor pentatonic scale
you would use an D major pentatonic scale

To restate: what this means is that while you were learning your major pentatonic scale patterns, you were actually learning your minor pentatonic scale patterns too.

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