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How to Play, Understand & Figure Out All Scales-Part X

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Using the C major scale as the foundation for all scales. Now learn how to alter the C major scale to create the C Dorian Pentatonic Scale. The diagram below is for guitar but the note relationship or distances remains the same for all instruments.

ALL scales repeat the same pattern up and down in tone. C major scale: C, D, E, F, G, A, B and C. Numbers are given to correspond to the major scale degrees or positions.

C Major Scale: C=1/Root, D=2nd, E=3rd, F=4th, G=5th, A=6th, B=7th, C=8th/octave.

C Dorian Pentatonic Scale: C=1/Root, D=2nd, F=4th, G=5th, Bb=b7th.

Memorize the C Dorian Pentatonic Scale note names and number formula.

C Dorian Pentatonic – note names= C, D, F, G, Bb, and C

C Dorian Pentatonic – number formula= 1/R, 2nd, 4th, 5th, b7th, and root/8. 

C, D, F, G, Bb, C

1, 2, 4, 5, b7, 8/1.   

Using the note name chart below – play the C dorian pentatonic scale starting from low thick E string 1st fret up neck, then back down neck. Repeat this same process for each string. Remember to say note names out loud as you play each note up and then down in tone. Repeat this process for all 6 strings: Low E, then A, D, G, B and thin E string. The underlined fret number indicates dot positions:

 

open   1        3,      5,        7,      9,           12,          15,     17     19,   21,       24

Now play and say out loud the C dorian pentatonic scale for each note up and back each string. Play the C note twice ascending and descending to memorize root note positions.

 

F, G, Bb, C, D, F – F, D, C, Bb, G, F,

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on the F to F octave on the low thick E string.

 

Bb, C, D, F, G, Bb – Bb, G, F, D, C, Bb

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on the Bb to Bb octave on the A string.

 

D, F, G, Bb, C, D – D, C, Bb, F, D,

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on open D to D octave on the D string.

 

G, Bb, C, D, F, G – G, F, D, C, Bb, G

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on G to G octave on the G string.

 

C, D, F, G, Bb, C – C, Bb, G, F, D, C,

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on the C to C octave on the B string.

 

F, G, Bb, C, D, F – F, D, C, Bb, G, F,

this is C Dorian Pentatonic Scale starting on the F note on the high thin E string.

 

The note to note intervals are the same. This applies to any string, octave, position, instrument or Key. Repeat this same process for bass, piano and any other instrument.

 

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