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Using the Major Pentatonic Scale

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After going over the minor pentatonic forms in lesson #198, I thought it might be a good idea to look at the major pentatonic scale. There are five notes in the major pentatonic scale (hence, the prefix "penta") and it is constructed from the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th notes of the major scale. So, in A major, the A major pentatonic scale is constructed as follows:

A · B · C# · (D) · E · F# · (C#)

where the notes in parentheses are not played but show how these five tones come from the A major scale. The major pentatonic scale is used frequently in rock, country, and jazz, and the A major pentatonic scale, specifically, sounds great over chord progressions in A major. Here's how the scale sounds against an A chord:
Using the Major Pentatonic Scale