pentatonic scale four note patterns
Pentatonic Scale Four Note Patterns
Exercises within this course also use four note patterns within one octave. Four note sequential patterns are very common in music. There are 24 possible permutations of four notes. If we had the notes C, D, E, G from a major pentatonic you can see below how you could combine them:
The idea of extracting 24 patterns from any four notes of a pentatonic scale is one of the basic concepts in this book. What is nice about this approach is once you learn some pentatonic scale four note patterns on your instrument it is fairly easy to play it in the 24 ways listed above. This allows you to get use out of every four note pattern you learn which is a highly efficient way to approach learning pentatonics or for that matter, any four note combination in music.
Below you find an example of all 4 of the 24 ways to play a C major pentatonic using the four note pattern using the notes C, D, E, G. I’m sure as you play through some of these patterns that you will recognize them from songs and improvisations by various artists. Remember there are many more patterns if we pick different notes from the scale.
You could also try four note patterns using these notes of a C major pentatonic:
C, D, E, G = 1, 2, 3, 5
C, D, E, A = 1, 2, 3, 6
C, D, G, A = 1, 2, 5, 6
C, E, G, A = 1, 3, 5, 6
You can see there are a lot of things you can do with pentatonic scale four note patterns!
Also check out the three note pentatonic scale patterns
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