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5 Pentatonic Phrases For Better Line Construction

Today we’re going to check out a few pentatonic phrases, using the major, dominant, and minor pentatonic scales. Before that, let's review what the pentatonic scales are and how we can use them!



The pentatonic scale is a five note scale usually derived from common seven note scales such as the Major Scale, Dorian Minor Scale, and the Mixolydian Scale.


Let’s dive in and take a look at how these are constructed and how we can use them!

The Major Pentatonic Scale: The major pentatonic scale takes the first, second, third, fifth and sixth degrees of a major scale. For example, if you derived a major pentatonic scale from a C Major Scale, the notes would be C, D, E, G, and A. This is a great pentatonic scale option over a C Major 7 Chord.

C Major Pentatonic Derived from the C Major Scale

C Major Pentatonic Scale

For a more colorful sound, you can play the G major pentatonic scale (G, A, B, D, E) on a C Major 7 Chord. This will end up outlining the fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, and third degrees of the C Major 7 Chord.

G Major Pentatonic Scale over the C Major 7 Chord


So, how can we use the major pentatonic scale?

The first phrase that we're going to check out is going to use that technique. We're going to start by playing a G Major Pentatonic Scale and then resolve it to the C Major Pentatonic Scale.


For these first three bars, we're playing a lot of B's. This achieves a more colorful effect, as we're going to be coming from the note D, which outlines the upper tensions: the seventh and ninth scale degrees.


All the phrases here come from our 67 Pentatonic Phrases PDF Package. This release includes all of these phrases written in all 12 keys plus backing tracks in all 12 keys and recordings of Chad LB playing every single phrase to use as a reference. DOWNLOAD RESOURCE>>>


Let's finish covering our remaining pentatonic scales: Minor Pentatonic a