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What is the pattern for pentatonic minor scales, I know that the pattern for major scales is "W W H WWW H. So what is the pattern in that short-hand for the minor scales?

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It would be (W+H) W W (W+H) W Where the (W+H) represents a step and a half or 3 half steps.

But I find it easier and more common to define it as degrees relative to the parallel major scale. So if a major scale is:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Then a Minor Pentatonic is:

1 b3 4 5 b7

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Be aware that there are different minor scales. The main ones being:

*Pentatonic minor - WH W W WH W.

*Natural minor - W H W W H W W .

*Harmonic minor - W H W W H WH H.

*Melodic minor - W H W W W W H.

Melodic minor is shown as the jazz melodic, same up and down. The classical melodic, featured in a lot of exams, is shown rising. Going down, it is played as the natural minor.

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  • Thanks for this information!!! I only learnt the minor pentatonic scale, not all the other ones you have listed here. – Michelle Oct 9 '17 at 23:51

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