GUITAR TUTORIAL – Mixing the Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales12:46


In this guitar tutorial, made by the excellent channel Fret Jam, you are going to learn how to mix the major and minor pentatonic scales.

This tutorial is by far the most useful i have found on this topic. After this lesson, you will be able to mix major and minor scales in your guitar licks.

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What is a Major Pentatonic Scale?

A pentatonic scale is a scale with 5 notes (penta) per octave in contrast to heptatonic scale made of 7 notes (hepta) per octave (like the major or minor scale).

A major pentatonic scale uses the degrees 1,2,3,5,6 of the regular major scale. You can see this scale as major regular scale without the 4th and the 7th degree.


  • Major Pentatonic Scale of C = C(1) D(2)  E(3)  G(5)  A(6)
  • Major Pentatonic Scale of D = D(1) E(2) F#(3) A(5) B(6)

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Major Pentatonic Scale

C MAJOR Pentatonic Scale ©

What is a Minor Pentatonic Scale?

A minor pentatonic scale uses the degrees 1,3,4,5,7 of the natural minor scale. You can see this scale as a minor natural scale without the 2nd and 6th degree or as a major pentatonic scale that starts on degree 6.

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A Guitar minor pentatonic scale

A MINOR Pentatonic Scale ©

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