D Pentatonic Major scale

D pentatonic scale for guitar.
The D Pentatonic Major is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the scale notes. Darker color marks the root notes, which are D tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 10th fret.


2 octaves

D pentatonic Major scale diagram Notes: D - E - F# - A - B Intervals: 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 D
2 E
3 F#
5 A
6 B

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:

  • D
  • Em7
  • F#m7
  • Asus4
  • Bm

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the D Pentatonic Major scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (G) in Em7 and the fifth (C#) in F#m7 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 D Pentatonic Major is relative to B 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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