C Pentatonic Minor

Cm pentatonic scale for guitar.
The C 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, 8th fret.

C Pentatonic Minor 2 octaves

C Pentatonic Minor scale diagram

C Pentatonic Minor full fretboard

C Pentatonic Minor scale whole guitar neck diagram

C Pentatonic Minor with note names

C Pentatonic Minor scale with note letters diagram
Notes: C - Eb - F - G - Bb Intervals: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 C
b3 Eb
4 F
5 G
b7 Bb

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

The interval formula (3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
C-Eb m3
C-F P4
C-G P5
C-Bb m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

Notes (descending) Interval
C-Bb M2
C-G P4
C-F P5
C-Eb M6

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

  • Cm
  • Eb
  • Fm7
  • Gm7
  • Bb5

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the C Pentatonic Minor scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (Ab) in Fm7 and the fifth (D) in Gm7 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 C Pentatonic Minor is relative to Eb Pentatonic Major. Both scales include the same notes but has different root notes.

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

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

C Pentatonic Minor scale first shape ascending.

C Pentatonic Minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.