The Major Pentatonic Scale for Guitar

The Major Pentatonic Scale is a 5 note scale that uses the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the major scale.

The major pentatonic guitar scale is usually played over major chords, and is used in rock music as well as country music.

Major Pentatonic Scales:

C
D
E
F
G
A
B

Major Pentatonic Scale Patterns

The diagram below shows the 5 Major Pentatonic Scale Patterns spread over the length of the guitar neck. Notice how the patterns connect to or overlap eachother.The diagram shows the A flat (A♭) Major Pentatonic Scale.

Major Pentatonic Guitar Scale Diagram Showing Scale Patterns

The formula for the Major Pentatonic Scale is 1 whole step, 1 whole step, 1 and a half whole steps, 1 whole step, 1 and a half whole steps.