#1
I'm confused about the Major and minor pentatonic box patterns...can you transpose any certain pattern [such as the minor pentatonic] in a certain key [say, C] to a different key [such as E] without changing the finger pattern? Is it still pentatonic? Is it still minor?
#2
A Minor Pentatonic

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

Switching Keys to E Minor
You start with the same box shape on E Minor

e---------------------------------------------------------12--15
B----------------------------------------------12--15-----------
G----------------------------------12--14-----------------------
D-----------------------12--14----------------------------------
A------------12--14---------------------------------------------
E--12--15-------------------------------------------------------

But you can start a pentatonic in the key of A Minor on an E note, and still have it stay in the key using a different box shape.

Like this:

e---------------------------------------------------------12--15
B----------------------------------------------13--15-----------
G-----------------------------------12--14----------------------
D-----------------------12--14----------------------------------
A------------12--15---------------------------------------------
E--12--15-------------------------------------------------------

A minor pentatonic scale merely cuts the 2nd and 6th out of the minor scale. IE for A Minor, you would hit every note in the scale except B natural (2nd) and F natural (6th).

Sorry if I misunderstood your question.
Hope this helps.
#3
OK, now I've got a question. Isn't Am Pentatonic the same as Cmaj Pentatonic?
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#4
ummm... well yes and no. It utilizes the same notes, yes. But it starts in a different place.
C major will start on C, skipping all the same notes (B and F) and ascend in it's natural pattern.
A Minor is taking the same notes and beginning them at a different place.
#5
^Could you go in a little more detail please? Some tabs would be nice too (like the ones above).
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#6
Ok.... so you know that if you are in C Major or A Minor (the relative minor to C Major) that if your going to play pentatonics, you need to skip two notes. That's what a pentatonic is. It will skip two notes in whatever scale you're using, and the rest will be played in sequence.

Here are the notes in order of the c major scale.
C (Root)
D (2nd)
E (3rd)
F (4th)
G (5th)
A (6th)
B (7th)
C (Octave)

Got it so far?
Now, the notes in an A Minor scale are the exact same notes start on A.
Like this:
A (Root)
B (2nd)
C (3rd)
D (4th)
E (5th)
F (6th)
G (7th)
A (Octave)

ok?
Now.... to play a major pentatonic.... you simply play the notes in a major scale excluding the 4th and the 7th of that scale. So a C major pentatonic scale would be like this:

C (Root)
D (2nd)
E (3rd)
G (5th)
A (6th)
C (Octave)

And to play a minor pentatonic scale, you simply leave out the 2nd and the 6th, which will be the same notes that were left out in the relative major pentatonic (B and F)
So an A minor pentatonic will go like this:

A (Root)
C (3rd)
D (4th)
E (5th)
G (7th)
A (Octave)

Got it?
Here's a few tabs to help you if you're still lost.

A minor:

e-------------------------------------------5--8
B-----------------------------------5--8--------
G---------------------------5--7----------------
D-------------------5--7------------------------
A----------5--7---------------------------------
E--5--8----------------------------------------- (Skipping every B and F)

And a C major will go like this:

e------------------------------------------------------10--12
B-------------------------------------------10--13-----------
G---------------------------------9--12----------------------
D----------------------10--12--------------------------------
A-----------10--12-------------------------------------------
E--8--10----------------------------------------------------- (Still skipping every B and F)


Make sense?
#7
Thank you, I got it now.
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#8
Wait. I knew that c major looked funny.
My bad.
Ok, I just skipped a note.
It will go:

e----------------------------------------------8--10--
B-------------------------------------8--10-----------
G-----------------------------7--9--------------------
D--------------------7--10----------------------------
A-----------7--10-------------------------------------
E--8--10----------------------------------------------

Haha, stupid mistake, my bad.
I skipped an E in there.
Haha.