Difference between minor and major pentatonic scale boxes?



The difference between a major and minor pentatonic scale is that the major pentatonic is a 5-note scale based on the major scale. It has 3 major intervals. On the other hand, the minor pentatonic scale, which also has only 5 notes, is based on the natural minor scale and has 2 minor intervals.

Are major and minor pentatonic shapes the same?

C Major Pentatonic and A Minor Pentatonic are relative scales – the same thing played in a different context. In practical terms, that means the two scales are interchangeable, so with a bit of music theory knowledge, you can make a Major Pentatonic shape sound like a Minor Pentatonic Shape and vice versa.

Are A minor and C major pentatonic the same?

The C major and A minor pentatonic scales consist of the very same notes and patterns. The difference is which note is functioning as the tonic (primary pitch). You see the same pentatonic notes and pattern in these diagrams. In the first diagram, you see where the C note and C chord tones are located in the pattern.

How many pentatonic boxes are there?





Pentatonic Scale Shapes



There are 5 Shapes for the pentatonic scale and each shape contains both major and minor pentatonic scales. Remember that the major and minor pentatonic scales are the same group of notes but with a different note acting as the root note or tonal center.

What are pentatonic boxes?

Quote from video: It's literally a box that's used between the guitar's fifth string. And the third string. The pattern operates over three fret region on the neck.





Can you mix the major and minor pentatonic scales?

Minor and major pentatonic work great together in major keys and can “say” a lot more than if you were to just use one scale. This lesson will help you build licks that move smoothly between the two scales, in a blues context (but you can use what you learn in any style).

Should I learn major or minor pentatonic first?

Minor Pentatonic Scale

What scale should I learn first? Well the most common scale to learn first is the Minor Pentatonic Scale. That’s the one that I recommend that you start with and it is included in my beginners course. Once you have that one down (and can use it) then you should explore the Major Scale.

Can you play minor pentatonic in major key?



Yes, you can play minor pentatonic over major chords and chord progressions… if it sounds good. Ultimately, let your ears be the judge of what you can and can’t do.

How do I know which pentatonic scale to use?

You just need to know how the root note changes in the pattern. You can play the major pentatonic scale over almost any major or dominant chord without clashing with the chord. You can play the minor pentatonic scale over almost any minor chord without clashing with the chord.

What notes are missing in a minor pentatonic scale?

The Difference Between Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales

Do all pentatonic scales have the same shape?

Pentatonic scales contain five notes, which is how it gets its name (Penta=5, tonic = tones). There is a major pentatonic scale and a minor pentatonic scale. The awesome part is that they contain the same note intervals (with differing roots), so the patterns are the same. You just need to learn a new root note.

Can you play minor pentatonic in major key?



Yes, you can play minor pentatonic over major chords and chord progressions… if it sounds good. Ultimately, let your ears be the judge of what you can and can’t do.

What is the difference between major and major pentatonic scales?

Unlike the major scale, which is a seven note scale, the major pentatonic scale consists of five notes (“penta” = five, “tonic” = notes). The five notes of the major pentatonic scale are the root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th degrees of the major scale (the 4th and 7th scale degrees are left out).