#1
I recently decided to start trying some lead guitar, and knew that the key to that revolved around pentatonic scales. I printed out the box diagrams (that have red dots marking the minor root and blue dots marking the major root) and have been practicing the 5 different shapes, but I'm a bit confused about the difference between the major and minor scales.

My music theory knowledge is minimal at best, but it looks like (for example) A minor has the same notes as C major in all the boxes, which I'm sure is no coincidence. It just confuses me a bit, since I can't tell what differentiates the two. Is the major scale simply the minor scale omitting the minor root, or is it really the same scale (which seems unlikely), or am I missing the point entirely? Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated.
#3
the A minor scale is basically the C major scale starting on A instead of C..

minor scales start off with the 6th note of any major scale .. C Major = CDEFGABC.. the 6th note is A.. and you would play A minor.. ABCDEFGA.
#4
OK that makes sense. So to use one of the boxes, A minor would be:

e|-----------------------------------------------------------------5----|
B|-----------------------------------------------------5----8----------|
G|-----------------------------------------5----7----------------------|
D|----------------------------5-----7----------------------------------|
A|---------------5----7------------------------------------------------|
E|-----5---8-----------------------------------------------------------|

and C major would be:

e|-------------------------------------------------------------5-----8--|
B|-------------------------------------------------5----8---------------|
G|-------------------------------------5----7---------------------------|
D|------------------------5-----7---------------------------------------|
A|-----------5----7-----------------------------------------------------|
E|-----8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

Or at least that's what I'm getting out of what you said. Thanks for the help guys!
#5
Quote by Der_Kaiser


Or at least that's what I'm getting out of what you said. Thanks for the help guys!


Yep that's right. Good work.
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#8
Quote by tenfold
what are you talking about?


he is missing notes from the scale in his tab


Fixed..
A minor scale
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------5----|
B|-----------------------------------------------------5-6--8----------|
G|-----------------------------------------5----7----------------------|
D|----------------------------5-----7-9--------------------------------|
A|---------------5----7--8---------------------------------------------|
E|-----5-7-8-----------------------------------------------------------|

C major scale
e|-------------------------------------------------------------5--7--8--|
B|-------------------------------------------------5-6--8---------------|
G|-------------------------------------5----7---------------------------|
D|------------------------5-----7-9-------------------------------------|
A|-----------5----7--8--------------------------------------------------|
E|-----8-----------------------------------------------------------------|

are those the correct notes or are they not?
#9
hes talking about pentatonic scales
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