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C Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar Lesson (Tips & Tricks)

beginner theory Dec 10, 2023

If I had to pick just one scale to know, I would choose the pentatonic scale.

The pentatonic is the basis of so many great songs. 

It’s a scale every guitarist needs to know. 

So today I am going to share with you some fundamentals of the scale. And also some tips and tricks for practicing it.

Tune up, and let’s get started! 

What is the C major pentatonic scale on guitar?

"Pentatonic" comes from the Greek words "pente," which means "five," and "tonos," which means "tone" or "note." So, "pentatonic" literally means "five notes." In music theory, a pentatonic scale is a scale consisting of five notes within one octave.

The C major pentatonic scale is very similar to the seven note C major scale. It just has 2 less notes. 

The notes of the C major pentatonic scale are: C, D, E, G, and A.  

Here are the notes of the C major pentatonic scale in order:

C (the root note)

D (the major 2nd)

E (the major 3rd)

G (the perfect 5th)

A (the major 6th)

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C Major Scale Guitar (Beginner Lesson)

beginner theory Aug 05, 2023

Let’s talk about how to play the C major scale on guitar. This scale is a great scale to know whether you are a beginner or an advanced player. 

In this post, I’ll share two different ways to play the C major scale on guitar. How to practice the C major scale. Songs that are in the key of C and use the C major scale. Plus we’ll even cover some music theory and a few other common questions about the C major scale.

So make sure you’re tuned up. And let’s get started!

What is the C major scale on guitar?

The C major scale on guitar is just a series of 7 notes in a row. It is a way of grouping together a specific set of notes. The C major scale serves as a foundation for understanding music theory, chord construction, and melody creation. It’s used as a reference point for establishing keys and building chords and harmonies within the key of C major.

What notes are in the C major scale?

The notes in the C major scale are:

C - D - E - F - G - A...

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