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The Pentatonic Scale; A Foundation of Jazz

January 25, 2010
World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin De...

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin. Image by david.orban via Flickr

The pentatonic scale forms the base for a large amount of Jazz composition and improvisation. It differs from a regular scale (heptatonic) due to the number of pitches per scale using five as opposed to seven.

The pentatonic scale is an ideal base for improvisation as it works well with a greater number of chords diatonic of the same key than a conventional scale.

Here is a video that demonstrates the properties of a the pentatonic scale,

Here are some links that can help you understand and master the pentatonic scale,
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