What’s the deal with pentatonics?

What’s a pentatonic… and what are we supposed to do with it?

By Jon Liebman
April 25, 2024

Here’s the short answer: A pentatonic is a 5-note scale.

There are all different kinds of pentatonic scales, but the most popular one is, without a doubt, the minor pentatonic.

A minor pentatonic is simply a pure minor scale, minus two notes: the second, and the sixth.

It’s often one of the first things any student of guitar or bass learns (a lot of times, it sounds like it’s the ONLY thing some of these folks can play! 🙂

The minor pentatonic feels very natural on the guitar and on the bass, and it fits really well into so many kinds of music, especially rock and roll!

Check out this week’s video, all about the minor pentatonic scale and how you can include it in your bass playing.



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