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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
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).
For the C major pentatonic scale, the
would be A minor pentatonic scale.
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.
If you wanted to play D minor pentatonic scale
you would use an F major pentatonic scale
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
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