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How to Play, Understand & Figure Out All Scales – Part XXXV


Jan 24, 2018 General, Intermediate Comments are off

C Harmonic Major Pentatonic Scale #3. (HMaj Pent #3)

Also called Superphrygian Pentatonic Scale.



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 Harmonic Major Pentatonic Scale #3: C=1/Root, Db=b2nd, Eb=b3rd, E=b4th, G=5th, C=1/8 octave.

Memorize the C Harmonic Major Pentatonic Scale #3 note names and number formula.

C HMaj Pentatonic #3 – note names= C, Db, Eb, E, G, and C

C HMaj Pentatonic #3 – number formula= 1/R, b2nd, b3rd, b4th, 5th, and root/8. 

C, Db, Eb,  E,  G, C

1, b2, b3, b4, 5, 8/1.   

Using the note name chart below – play the C HMaj Pentatonic #3 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 as you play the C harmonic major pentatonic scale #3 pentatonic scale. Play the C note twice ascending and descending to memorize root note positions.


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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