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anaka
07-04-2009, 12:06 AM
What's up ma' UU peeps!? Its Saturday = new Uke Minutes!

Uke Minutes 52 - Major Pentatonic Scales (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2009/07/04/uke-minutes-52-major-pentatonic-scales/)

Use the notes in the pentatonic scale to create solos, licks, and bass lines for your favorite major chord progressions! (Famous examples include the intro picking for "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and the bass line to "My Girl" by The Temptations)

Got questions, comments, alternate major pentatonic scale patterns, musings about whether or not the cactus behind Aldrine poked him in the end - post them all below!

grappler
07-04-2009, 01:46 AM
interesting
Thanks for that!!
good lesson

jk93117
07-04-2009, 07:24 AM
This may be more of a theory question but I'm unclear on why I would use a pentatonic scale as opposed to the major scale. Does it work better for particular types of music? Thanks

I checked out Wikipedia and it sounds like pentatonic scales are common in blues and rock music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentatonic_scale

seeso
07-04-2009, 08:12 AM
This may be more of a theory question but I'm unclear on why I would use a pentatonic scale as opposed to the major scale. Does it work better for particular types of music? Thanks

I checked out Wikipedia and it sounds like pentatonic scales are common in blues and rock music.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentatonic_scale

Take a look at the 3 major chords in the key of C.

C, F, G.

If we construct the major scale for each, we have:

C major: C D E F G A B

F major: F G A Bb C D E

G major: G A B C D E F#

If we begin each scale on C for the purposes of this example, similar notes become evident:

C major: C D E F G A B

F major: C D E F G A Bb

G major: C D E F# G A B

The only 5 notes that are common among all three scales are

C D E G A

The major pentatonic scale.

An added bonus is that there are no half steps in the scale, so it's impossible to make a dissonant sounding chord.

Those are a couple of reasons.

ritzer012
07-04-2009, 09:21 AM
awesome seeso thanks for the info!