Major Pentatonic Scales

Basically a follow up of the minor pentatonic scale lesson, same thing but in major.

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Just like in the Minor Pentatonic Scales, there are 5 fingerings:
E-|--|X-|--|X-|   
B-|--|X-|--|X-|      
G-|X-|--|--|X-|
D-|X-|--|--|X-|
A-|--|X-|--|X-|
E-|--|X-|--|X-|                             

E-|X-|--|--|X-|
B-|X-|--|--|X-|
G-|X-|--|X-|--|
D-|X-|--|X-|--|
A-|X-|--|X-|--|
E-|X-|--|--|X-|                                

E-|--|X-|--|X-|
B-|--|X-|--|X-|
G-|X-|--|X-|--|
D-|X-|--|--|X-|
A-|X-|--|--|X-|
E-|--|X-|--|X-|                               

E-|--|X-|--|X-|--|
B-|--|X-|--|--|X-|
G-|X-|--|--|X-|--|
D-|--|X-|--|X-|--|
A-|--|X-|--|X-|--|
E-|--|X-|--|X-|--|

E-|X-|--|--|X-|
B-|--|X-|--|X-|
G-|X-|--|X-|--|
D-|X-|--|X-|--|
A-|X-|--|--|X-|
E-|X-|--|--|X-|
The list of Major Pentatonic Scales:
A Major Pentatonic
e-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
B-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
G-|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
D-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|
A-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
E-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|

B Major Pentatonic
e-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|
B-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
G-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|8-|--|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|20|--|--|23|--|
D-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
A-|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
E-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|

C Major Pentatonic
e-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|
B-|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
D-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
E-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|

D Major Pentatonic
e-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
B-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
G-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|
D-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
A-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
E-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|

E Major Pentatonic
e-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
B-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
G-|1-|--|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|13|--|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
D-|--|2-|--|4-|--|6-|--|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|18|--|--|21|--|23|--|
A-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|11|--|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|23|--|
E-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|

F Major Pentatonic
e-|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|
B-|1-|--|3-|--|--|6-|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|--|18|--|20|--|22|--|--|
G-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
D-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
A-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|
E-|1-|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|--|13|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|--|

G Major Pentatonic
e-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
B-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|--|8-|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|--|20|--|22|--|24|
G-|--|2-|--|4-|--|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|16|--|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
D-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|9-|--|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|21|--|--|24|
A-|--|2-|--|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|14|--|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|
E-|--|--|3-|--|5-|--|7-|--|--|10|--|12|--|--|15|--|17|--|19|--|--|22|--|24|

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    blackmetal619
    its not supposed to be an in depth lesson, unless i want to sit here and describe how to play these scales, it should be obvious..but yea it mainly is a reference, which is still very helpful
    CBA28
    bluesteelmojo wrote: toby1988 wrote: i have a question i have here a song in G major with the chords G D C a can i play the notes of the g major penta through whole song or must i look at the chord changes?? please help me Toby what you are going to want to do is stay in that scale. Just because the chords are changing doesn't mean you also must change scales. I hope that helps.
    well your half right, you dont have to change keys when the chords do, but you can, it just gives the solo a more....smooth feel?...i dont know how ot explain it, you just get a more powerful solo if you change keys with the chords, but beware, its not a easy thing to do, so when in doubt play all in one key, but if your feeling adentureous change it up
    Shabalaba
    Really good lesson, really usefull. This doesnt affect me mind you but on your diagram it goes up to 24 and alot of people have only got 21 frets.
    boreddumb86
    This may sound stupid but I've been playing about a year and I just decided I wanna play lead so I started learning the minor pentatonic but It can be kinda frustrating to memorize...does anybody know of a way to remember them easier and quicker. Oh and i can play lead pretty well for about a year and not focusing on it. To me it just kinda comes naturally.
    acousticman1
    Ok so I learnt minor pentatonics and can see all the shapes are the same but the roots are different for each one? e.g Shape 1 in major is the same shape as 4 in minor but with the root of 1 im not sure i worded that very well
    SuperColossal
    I may be way off on this, but I beleive the only difference is what key its called. For instance C Major and A minor for box 1 are the same thing. But you'd have to know the difference bewteen the two, say, if you were soloing over chords in C. Cuz if someone told you, I'm playing in C, solo in Am, it wouldn't make sense. Dunno if that helps anyone, or if its even right.
    Perforator
    What's the difference between major and minor pentatonic? Do you just use one for major chords and the other one for minor chords or something? And then what to use for 5th chords like powerchords? I don't understand...
    dcookie87
    for those who r confused or just want to know how to work scales better.... combine this reference with the HOPSCOTCH METHOD lessons and u will see what good can come from this...
    boreddumb86
    Shabalaba wrote: Really good lesson, really usefull. This doesnt affect me mind you but on your diagram it goes up to 24 and alot of people have only got 21 frets.
    Don't u mean 22 frets
    toby1988
    i have a question i have here a song in G major with the chords G D C a can i play the notes of the g major penta through whole song or must i look at the chord changes?? please help me
    hyphensprint
    And then what to use for 5th chords like powerchords?
    those are neither major nor minor play whatever (in the proper key of course)
    bluesteelmojo
    toby1988 wrote: i have a question i have here a song in G major with the chords G D C a can i play the notes of the g major penta through whole song or must i look at the chord changes?? please help me
    Toby what you are going to want to do is stay in that scale. Just because the chords are changing doesn't mean you also must change scales. I hope that helps.
    leoprodz
    Very good lesson. There's a little mistake in Major Pentatonic C. There's an F note, 5th.string, 8th fret, that doesn't belong here, since pentatonics don't have IV grade. Useful website!! congrats
    jimmy1627
    Thanks a lot! This is a great reference that I keep using from time to time! One stop shopping for what I need. Thanks
    JJMED
    if you want to combine scales, you gotta find a sound that sounds good with the 1st scale that isn't in the 1st scale. for example. If you are playing D Major Pentatonic, you will find that there are several notes you wish would be in it but aren't, but they sound good. In fact it is a sign that you want to use a different scale.
    tacksixer
    major pentatonic scale is easy to find. you just move 3 frets down from where the minor pentatonic scale would be. example. A minor pent is at 5 fret. move back towards nut 3 frets gives you a major pentatonic.
    NenadBeki
    Thanks, but i have one question. Can u play C major in A chord? I'm doing that. And it sounds really good.
    roland_96
    Ghost Dog wrote: Man, i don't get one thing... i've learned one fingering (B in your lesson) and kept using that in whatever key i'm playing it and it seems to sound ok but... how the hell do you combine fingerings? Or you don't? You just learn and use one fingering and that's it? Pls explain, i'd be grateful. Tx. Oh, same question for the minor pentatonic thing too.
    I think you would just integrate them on different strings, like do one then go to the next string and do another and go back and do the fingering you did on the last one. I guess, i dont know.
    HxG
    who needs an explination today? no one... well it's easy to understand if you know what is meant but otherwise it's a kind of a problem
    adikt87
    surely this is meant to be an introduction to major pentatonics? hoped for some kind of explanation
    Pizzavenger
    Thanks bro. This helped a lot. Can never find all the major's on one page. Very easy to read if you have a mind. Thanks again.
    F'Lix Ka'at
    E-|X-|--|--|X-| This pattern, as with all of them, is B-|X-|--|--|X-| both major & minor depending on G-|X-|--|X-|--| where it is rooted. Let's assume that D-|X-|--|X-|--| this pattern is being played across the A-|X-|--|X-|--| first four frets. It is both E-|X-|--|--|X-| F Minor and Af/G# Major. If you move it fret 1 2 3 4 up the neck and play it across the 5th fret 5 6 7 8 to the 8th frets it is either A Minor or C Major. They're interchangeable.
    degete_mici
    hey , the lesson is good , but not every body understands it, because it is not explained well. you can find difrent scales in guitar pro.
    Jaykib
    To those that want to know the root note - find it yourself by learning the fretboard, or in context; learn guitar.