- Mar 31, 2020
- Guitar Experience (years)
The major and minor pentatonic scales appear to be exactly the same. Am I wrong?
Every scale ideally follows the same pattern. They all just start in different positions. And as was just said the relative minor works perfect over the major. Definitely worth looking into.The major and minor pentatonic scales appear to be exactly the same. Am I wrong?
Hey Joshua!The major and minor pentatonic scales appear to be exactly the same. Am I wrong?
You're technically not wrong at all. It all depends on the context.
For example, if I were to plot out the C Major Pentatonic & A Minor Pentatonic on the guitar neck, the shapes made would be identical - Because both scales share the same notes.
But whether the sound your making with the shape is treated as a Minor or Major Pentatonic depends on the Harmony or Chord your playing over. It will sound minor over an A minor chord and Major over a C major chord etc. Because the notes you will hit in the scale will have a different relationship to the notes in each chord.
Hope this helps!