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I'm very new to the music theory and I have started to write every single scale to my notebook but I come across this C major pentatonic scale and felt the need to ask how it can be written in the formula. I have this formula here with me but I am unsure whether it is correct?

The formula I attempted to create was C-D-D#-E-G-A-C.

  • I'm unsure what your question is: do you want to know if the scale C-D-D#-E-G-A-C is well formed according to the rules of the major pentatonic scale? – Tim H Jun 26 '15 at 8:18
  • Yes my question was if the scale was well formed. Also the formula. Thanks – vedat andac Jun 26 '15 at 8:27
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    You better get a really thick notebook, these are just a few. – Matt L. Jun 26 '15 at 10:08
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As a formula, it may be better as 1,2,b3,3,5,6.Which actually translates to the same as that of the minor blues, but displaced by a minor third - 3 semitones. (Or, starting at note 6 from the above formula and making IT note no.1, the key note). This will then work for all keys. So, in your speak, it's C-D-Eb-E-G-A.

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You can easily figure out the Major Pentatonic Scale by thinking of the black keys on the piano. If you start on F# the Major Pentatonic will have all the black keys on the piano.

F#-G#-A#-C#-D#

From there you can easily deduce the intervals between these notes and then apply them to any other note you want to build this scale on.

F#-G# = MAJ 2nd

F#-A# --> PERFECT 4th

F#-C# --> PERFECT 5th

F# D# --> MAJ 6th

Now you can use this information and apply it to any tone degree

C Major Pentatonic C - D - F - G - A

Ab Major Pentatonic Ab - Bb - Db - Eb- F etc.

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