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Old 05-07-2014, 12:57 AM   #1
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Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

I know most of my minor pentatonics. How do I change them from minor to major pentatonic?

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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

The most common usage of minor pentatonic goes for:
1 m3 4 5 7
For C minor that would be:
C Eb F G Bb

For major:
1 2 3 5 6
C D E G A

Your question might have been answered in the other thread but there is no standard "way to change" - your question probably implies something to do with harmony.

That being said, notice the Eb Major pentatonic
Eb F G Bb C

has the same notes as the C minor pentatonic.

Let's assume your harmony is in C minor, and your melody is a C minor pentatonic.
You can then change your harmony to Eb major, and your melody should still sound in key.

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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

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The most common usage of minor pentatonic goes for:
1 m3 4 5 7
For C minor that would be:
C Eb F G Bb

For major:
1 2 3 5 6
C D E G A

Your question might have been answered in the other thread but there is no standard "way to change" - your question probably implies something to do with harmony.

That being said, notice the Eb Major pentatonic
Eb F G Bb C

has the same notes as the C minor pentatonic.

Let's assume your harmony is in C minor, and your melody is a C minor pentatonic.
You can then change your harmony to Eb major, and your melody should still sound in key.

Thank you! Great Information, I think I pretty much understood and absorbed what I've learned here. I'mm gonna book mark it in case I gota look back at it, but that does help a TON!! thanks so much man!!!

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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

If you remove the second and sixth note of a minor scale you make the minor pentatonic. If you remove the fourth and seventh note of the major scale, you have the major pentatonic. Hopefully you're that the minor second is the major seventh and the major fourth is the minor sixth.

Once again, relative major and minor are just different modes of the diatonic scale. The pentatonic scale is a five note scale derived from the diatonic scale, so it functions in the same manner.

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If you remove the second and sixth note of a minor scale you make the minor pentatonic. If you remove the fourth and seventh note of the major scale, you have the major pentatonic. Hopefully you're that the minor second is the major seventh and the major fourth is the minor sixth.

Once again, relative major and minor are just different modes of the diatonic scale. The pentatonic scale is a five note scale derived from the diatonic scale, so it functions in the same manner.
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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

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The most common usage of minor pentatonic goes for:
1 m3 4 5 7
For C minor that would be:
C Eb F G Bb

For major:
1 2 3 5 6
C D E G A

Your question might have been answered in the other thread but there is no standard "way to change" - your question probably implies something to do with harmony.

That being said, notice the Eb Major pentatonic
Eb F G Bb C

has the same notes as the C minor pentatonic.

Let's assume your harmony is in C minor, and your melody is a C minor pentatonic.
You can then change your harmony to Eb major, and your melody should still sound in key.
Changing to G minor or F is really no different to changing to Eb. You're changing the tonal centre of the piece, so it'll sound different even though you might be using the same notes. Your melody will sound different as your harmony is different.

Otherwise you've really just been playing in C minor the whole time
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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

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I know most of my minor pentatonics. How do I change them from minor to major pentatonic?
play your minor pentatonic scales exactly as you know them3 semi tones down from the major key you want to play in. So Cmaj=Aminor pentatonic scale. You're playing cmaj
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Re: Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Keyboard?

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I know most of my minor pentatonics. How do I change them from minor to major pentatonic?
Are you familiar with the relative major/minor concept? They're only 1 and a half steps apart.

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