Piano Pentatonic Scales

The pentatonic scale is frequently used in pop, rock and lots of other music styles. It’s also a first step to playing blues. There is both pentatonic major and minor – in this case the minor is more used. Note that C minor pentatonic has identical notes as Eb major pentatonic but in another order, D minor pentatonic has the same notes as F major pentatonic and so on. Knowing this will make it easier for you to memorize.

Major Pentatonic Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the major pentatonic scales. See also Minor Pentatonic Scales.

C

C Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: C, D, E, G, A, C

C# / Db

C# Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: C#, D#, F, G#, A#, C#

D

D Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: D, E, F#, A, B, D

D# / Eb

D# Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: D#, F, G, A#, C, D#

E

E Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: E, F#, G#, B, C#, E

F

F Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: F, G, A, C, D, F

F# / Gb

F# Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A#, C#, D#, F#

G

G Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: G, A, B, D, E, G

G# / Ab

G# Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: G#, A#, C, E#, F, G#

A

A Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: A, B, C#, E, F#, A

A# / Bb

A# Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: A#, C, D, F, G, A#

B

B Pentatonic major diagram
Notes: B, C#, D#, F#, G#,B

Pentatonic Major Scales overview
C: C, D, E, G, A, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, F, G#, A#, C#
D: D, E, F#, A, B, D
D#/Eb: D#, F, G, A#, C, D#
E: E, F#, G#, B, C#, E
F: F, G, A, C, D, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A#, C#, D#, F#
G: G, A, B, D, E, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, C, E#, F, G#
A: A, B, C#, E, F#, A
A#/Bb: A#, C, D, F, G, A#
B: B, C#, D#, F#, G#,B

Interval: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Semi-notes: 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3
Formula: Whole, Whole, Whole and a half, Whole, Whole and a half

Minor Pentatonic Scales

Here are pictures and notes of the minor pentatonic scales.

Cm

C Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: C, Eb, F, G, Bb, C

C#m / Dbm

C# Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: C#, E, F#, G#, B, C#

Dm

D Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: D, F, G, A, C, D

D#m / Ebm

D# Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: D#, F#, G#, A#, C#, D#

Em

E Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: E, G, A, B, D, E

Fm

Fm Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: F, Ab, Bb, C, Eb, F

F#m / Gbm

F# Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: F#, A, B, C#, E, F#

Gm

Gm Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: G, Bb, C, D, F, G

G#m / Abm

G# Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: G#, B, C#, D#, F#, G#

Am

A Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: A, C, D, E, G, A

A#m / Bbm

A# Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: A#, C#, D#, E#, G#, A#

Bm

B Pentatonic minor diagram
Notes: B, D, E, F#, A, B

Pentatonic Minor Scales overview
C: C, Eb, F, G, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, E, F#, G#, B, C#
D: D, F, G, A, C, D
D#/Eb: D#, F#, G#, A#, C#, D#
E: E, G, A, B, D, E
F: F, Ab, Bb, C, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, A, B, C#, E, F#
G: G, Bb, C, D, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, B, C#, D#, F#, G#
A: A, C, D, E, G, A
A#/Bb: A#, C#, D#, E#, G#, A#
B: B, D, E, F#, A, B

Interval: 1, b3, 4, 5, b7
Semi-notes: 3 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 2
Formula: Whole and a half, Whole, Whole, Whole and a half, Whole