This post is for my students at the City of Bath College.
The Major Pentatonic Scale is a five note scale consisting of the following intervals: R 2 3 5 6
The five position system is great for learning how to use the whole fretboard when soloing. Each position begins on a note of the Major Pentatonic scale – five notes, five positions, easy!
A simple way to work out the Major Pentatonic Scale in any key is to remember the intervallic distances between each of the five notes, like this: 2nd 2nd b3rd 2nd b3rd or count the frets, like this: 2 2 3 2 3
A Major Pentatonic Scale – A B C# E F#
Five Position System
Position #1 – A ( Fret 5 )
Position #2 – B ( Fret 7 )
Position #3 – C# ( Fret 9 )
Position #4 – E ( Fret 12 )
Position #5 – F# ( Fret 14 / 2 )
Download the Major Pentatonic Scale sheet HERE