I’m sure there are many threads on this question. Which notes are not in a pentatonic scale

I know there are 7 notes in a regular scale not counting the octave of the root note. Which notes are not played?

1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes are in the major scale. So the 4th and 7th are not in the pentatonic


In minor scales, take away the 2nd and 6th notes…so 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 7th


@Gadget use this cheat sheet it’s a useful quick guide.


Here’s a nice app for information about scales :slightly_smiling_face:

Probably also available for Apple products.

If you forget which notes are removed from the major scale to make the major pentatonic, you can remember that you remove the notes that create half steps:

C Major: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
There’s a half step from E to F, so you remove the F (4). There’s a half step from B to C so you remove the B (7)

The minor uses the same notes as the relative major so you remove the same notes. The minor scale is the same as the major starting on the 6th note
A Major: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A, so you remove 2 and 6.

If you start a major scale off your pinky eg C on the 8th fret on the E string, the relative minor scale will start on your index finger ie. A on the 5th fret.