Music Theory Series 9: Pentatonic Scales | Ilse Lozoya | Skillshare

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Music Theory Series 9: Pentatonic Scales

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4 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Major Pentatonic

    • 3. MInor Pentatonic

    • 4. - More examples-

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About This Class

This class is dedicated to learning what is a pentatonic scale? This is an important scale if you like Blues or you want to understand the Blues scale. This class is the number 9 in the Music Theory Series and this is what you are going to learn:

- What is a pentatonic scale?

- How to construct a major and minor pentatonic?

- Examples


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Ilse Lozoya

Music teacher and Online Educator



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My name is Ilse Lozoya I am a pianist and educator, I love to teach online because I can share about music, piano, and education with student around the globe and I think this a wonderful thing in our days.

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1. Introduction: Hi. Welcome to this glass. This last is dedicated to learn what a pentatonic scale ISS. This is the number nine in the music theory. Siri's. Do you know that the pentatonic scale iss the base off the blues a scale. And this is a very popular scale that is used to improvise. Well, in this class, we are going to analyze what is a pentatonic scale. There are two types media pentatonic and minor pentatonic. We are going to analyze and understand how this is scales are constructed on. We are going to see some examples so we can be able to identify any pentatonic from any note as its root. My name is Elsa Less. Oh, yeah. I'm going to be your teacher in this last. And I'm very happy to share with you about this for organized a scale that is the base off the blues scale. Welcome 2. Major Pentatonic: Let's analyze and understand what is a pentatonic scale first. What do you think when I say Penta tonic pentatonic? It's related to the number five. It's it is a five notes and scales. Well, we think about any scale we are considering that we are going in this case of pentatonic, we're going to have five notes there, octave. Well, what we think about major online their skills. This is a seven note scale, each one even major or minor or scale. So this is kept a tonic. Well, any scale has a structure. How we really need to memorize this. A structure? Well, we took about major pentatonic. We are going to first right down the major scale in this case, the C major scale. We are going to select five notes from this A scale five. Great. In this case, 12 tree five and six. If I select these notes are going to have, I'm going to have see the e g a. This five notes are the notes off the pentatonic scale and this is a pentatonic major scale . Let's see, Another example here is the G major skill. Do you remember which grates we're going to select. We're going to select the want to tree five and six. So you're going to have G A B. The This is the G major pentatonic scale. It is important to always remember and attach to the key signature so we can respect if we have a flat or a sharp him any scale that we are using in the next video, we're going to analyze Dick Minor Fanta tonic scale. 3. MInor Pentatonic: No. Let's analyze what is a minor pentatonic scale. We learn well how the major pentatonic scale is constructed. And it is well, but we don't know how it sounds. Maybe if I play this, you're going to recognize this. I'm going to play the C major pentatonic. Oh. Oh, a Uh huh. You can Listen. This is very popular. Well, what about the minor pentatonic? What I'm going to know is I'm going to use the same scale, but I'm going to start the scale use in the minor relative in this case, remember, In major scales, if you want toe find their minor, the relative minor, you're going to begin from the sixth. Great. In this case is the note. Hey, so what I want to use? I'm going to play the same notes that I played in the major scale major pentatonic bug beginning from the sixth grade in this case, the a note. So I have a see the G. How does how How did this notes sound? We're going to play this. Maybe you think this is familiar to you? Well, this is a base off the blues. A scale. So why we think about minor pentatonic. We're going to use the natural minor scale. I'm going to use the 1345 and seventh Grace. Remember, this is very important to years on Lee the notes off the natural minor scale. What about another note? This is another scale. We're going to begin with the e minor. Remember, you have to follow the kissing nature. In this case, a minor has the same king ski signature than G major. Only one sharp and is going to be f sharp in this case, the scale. Uh, I have right here that you minor scale. So I'm going to choose. Remember which grates? Well, 1345 and seven. So the notes are going to be e g A b and the and this is how it's going to is how how is going to sound on this is a e minor pentatonic scale. Well, the next media weren't going to analyze some other examples so we can construct this scales from any note asked its route 4. - More examples-: Let's take a look of some examples and how we can construct the major pentatonic and the main or pentatonic off. Taking any note, ask its route. Well, what do we need to consider? This is on a quick overview of what we just learned in this class. Let's find the D major pentatonic. Remember that the structure is one to treat 56 So I really recommend you to people, and it's a play. Pause to the video and try to find this by your sick. If you want to do that, that's a very good idea. Or maybe you can't just continue watching this, Speedy. I'll give you the answer. Well, what we think about the major. We need to think about the kiss signature right D Major has. If Sharp, actually, it's third grade is going to be a sharp. So when we want to fi find the 1st 2nd 3rd 5th and sixth grades, while we need to consider this so it's going to be de yeah and sharp. Okay, And be this is going to be the D major pentatonic. I'm just going to play this for you. It is very important to consider the kiss signature. In this case, the F sharp is the note that changes. It's not natural, so we need to remember this. Well, what about, um let's think about a minor pentatonic, for example, B minor pentatonic. Remember that this is scale comes from the natural minor skill. So the grades there were going to use I'm going to be 1st 3rd 4th 5th and seventh. And considering the kiss signature in this kissing mature B minor, we have f sharp and C sharp. So we are going to you years be the e f sharp on a This is going to be the beat minor pentatonic. And he is Here is how it sounds. Well, we need to consider the f sharp because this is the grade that it's affected by the king's signature. You have to remember the structure in this case, a major pentatonic want you tree 56 You can just remember the numbers and that would work for you when we took about minor 13457 And it This is from the natural minor scale. Try to find the rest off the Pentatonix by yourself. If you have any question, place limb you know, and I was very happy to answer your questions in the next place we are going to analyze. What is the blues escape? Thank you very much for Let me share with you about this. Pretty nice. I'm Finn, use escape.