Minor Pentatonics

The Minor Pentatonic Scale is a scale which retains a Minor sound but only uses 5 notes.

The black keys on a keyboard represent a Pentatonic Scale.

The Minor Pentatonic formed by the black keys starts on Eb: Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb, Db This gives us the Interval pattern: Root, Min 3rd, Per 4th, Per 5th, Min 7th.

A Minor Pentatonic

A Minor is made up from: A, B, C, D, E, F and G. In Degrees: A(I), B(II), C(III), D(IV), E(V), F(VI), G(VII).

We construct all Minor Pentatonics by using the I, III, IV, V and VII Degrees of the Major Scale giving us: A(I), C(III), D(IV), E(V), G(VII).

A Minor Pentatonic: A, C, D, E, G (Root, Min 3rd, Per 4th, Per 5th, Min 7th)

Other Minor Pentatonics

Here's a table of all the other Minor Pentatonics in each key...

KEY / INTERVAL I III IV V VII
A# A# C# D# E# G#
D# D# F# G# A# C#
G# G# B C# D# F#
C# C# E F# G# B
F# F# A B C# E
B B D E F# A
E E G A B D
A A C D E G
D D F G A C
G G Bb C D F
C C Eb F G Bb
F F Ab Bb C Eb
Bb Bb Db Eb F Ab
Eb Eb Gb Ab Bb Db
Ab Ab Cb Db Eb Gb

3 Minor Pentatonic Scales per Key (again)!

You might notice that the A Minor Pentatonic, D Minor Pentatonic and E Minor Pentatonic all contain no sharps or flats. What this means is that they will all fit into the key of C and it's realtive Natural Minor of A. Giving you three options to choose from. I suggest experimenting by playing each one over a A Minor chord progression (e.g. Am, Em, Dm, Em) to hear how they sound.