D Pentatonic Major

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.

D Pentatonic Major 2 octaves

D Pentatonic Major scale diagram

D Pentatonic Major full fretboard

D Pentatonic Major scale whole guitar neck diagram

D Pentatonic Major with note names

D Pentatonic Major scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (9th position)

D Pentatonic Major scale shape diagram 9th pos

Shape 5 (7th position)

D Pentatonic Major scale shape diagram 7th pos
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.

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

Notes (ascending) Interval
D-E M2
D-F# M3
D-A P5
D-B M6
Notes (descending) Interval
D-B m3
D-A P4
D-F# m6
D-E m7

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

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.

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.

Related to this scale is the D Pentatonic Major add4, adding the 4th degree. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 D Unison Tonic
2 E Major second Supertonic
3 F# Major third Mediant
4 G Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 A Perfect fifth Dominant
6 B Sixth Submediant

The D Pentatonic Major add4 scale, is identical to the D Major except for missing the major 7th interval.

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

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

D Pentatonic Major scale first shape ascending.

D Pentatonic Major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.