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EMT Lesson Two  How to build musical scales

Major pentatonic scale

Starting with A major, we have produced two tables showing which notes are taken from the full A major scale to create the major pentatonic scale.

Figure 15. Notes and intervals of A major scale   (Enlarge)

Figure 15. Notes and intervals of A major scale

Figure 16. Notes and intervals of A major pentatonic scale   (Enlarge)

Figure 16. Notes and intervals of A major pentatonic scale

As we can see from our table above, the major pentatonic scale only uses these notes from the A major scale:

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th

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