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Minor Pentatonic Scale Chart

Building on yesterday’s post, here are some charts for the minor pentatonic scale. On the left are movable positions, with the highest notes of the first shape being the lowest notes of the next shape (read down the left column and then back up to the right column for the correct order). The hollow dots are the root notes, so line them up with note-name of the desired scale. On the right is a full-fingerboard chart of C minor pentatonic scale so you can see how the shapes run together (hollow dots = C). You can move this around too, just wrap notes back to the nut as they pass the 12th fret.

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Brad Bordessa

Brad plays 'ukulele on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He writes original music, performs, and hunts unicorns - all with only an 'ukulele.

2 comments… add one
  • ChewChewTrain Mar 20, 2010, 6:33 am

    Hippie Guy, how does one decide if the major or minor pentatonic scale is more appropriate for soloing?

    Doug
    San Francisco, CA

    • Hippie Guy Mar 20, 2010, 8:07 am

      In a major key, you can use the major pentatonic scale for a happy, open-ended sound. You can also use use the minor pentatonic for a blues sound (in key of C, use C minor pentatonic).

      In a minor key you would use the minor pentatonic.

      All a pentatonic scale is, is a major or minor scale with the 4th and 7th note dropped. So they fit perfectly over the corresponding major or minor scale. Whether you use it for a blues sound depends on the song and the sound you want.

      Hope that helps,

      Brad

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