Take the 2-minute tour ×
Musical Practice & Performance Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for musicians, students, and enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have noticed that everything I play on the black keys only sounds oriental. I wanted to know what is the standard fingering to go through this pentatonic scale?

share|improve this question
1  
It can also sound African. I highly recommend this video about the "black keys": youtube.com/watch?v=DMF_24cQqT0 –  Matthew Read Jun 8 '11 at 19:19
add comment

1 Answer

up vote 2 down vote accepted

The black keys do indeed form a pentatonic scale, with the major mode starting on Gb and the minor mode starting on Eb. Here's the full list of modes for this scale. Personally, I wouldn't call the pentatonic scale particularly oriental in sound since it lacks the most commonly associated intervals (minor second, diminished fifth) for that sound.

One common fingering for the major pentatonic starting on Gb would be 1-2-3-1-2 (thumb is 1). Another (that involves less third skips on the thumb tuck) would be 1-2-1-2-3.

Here's a very interesting jazz improvisation over a pentatonic scale to get your creative juices flowing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkpQbjkRbzs

share|improve this answer
    
The mode build on Db provides a rather interesting sound, for instance. The mode built on Ab is called "egyptian". Major and minor pentatonic sound decidedly non-oriental to me :) –  Rein Henrichs Jun 9 '11 at 17:32
    
I've cleaned up the comments here, I think they got a little away from the point of the question :P –  Matthew Read Jun 29 '11 at 22:14
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.