A Pentatonic Minor scale

Am pentatonic scale for guitar presented by diagram.
The A Pentatonic Minor is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the notes in the scale. Darker color marks the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 5th fret.


2 octaves

A pentatonic minor scale diagram Notes: A - C - D - E - G Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

1 A
b3 C
4 D
5 E
b7 G

The second and the sixth degrees are omitted, for the reason that the degrees are based on the natural Minor seven-note scale.

Some of the chords that are related to this scale are listed here:

  • Am
  • C
  • Dm7
  • Em7
  • G5

The tones in these chords corresponds to the tones of the A Pentatonic Minor scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (F) in Dm7 and the fifth (B) in Em7 are not included in the scale.

The notes in the scale can be described as intervals, written as 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 from the first note to the first in next octave.
The A Pentatonic Minor is relative to C Pentatonic Major. Both scales include the same notes but has different root notes.

A scales categories

A Major A Minor A Melodic Minor A Harmonic Minor A Major Pentatonic A Minor Pentatonic A Dorian A Gypsy Major A Gypsy Minor