C Pentatonic Major scale

C pentatonic scale for guitar.
The C Pentatonic Major is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the scale notes. Darker color marks the root notes, which are C tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 8th fret.

C

2 octaves

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

The scale and its scale degrees.

1 C
2 D
3 E
5 G
6 A

The fourth degree is omitted, as well as the seventh, since the degrees are based on the regular Major seven-note scale.

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

  • C
  • Dm7
  • Em7
  • Gsus4
  • Am

The tones in these chords corresponds to the tones of the C Pentatonic Major 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 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 from the first note to the first in next octave.
The C Pentatonic Major is relative to A Pentatonic Minor. Both scales include the same notes but with different root notes.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

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