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Pentatonic Major

This scale uses the same notes as the Pentatonic Minor Scale, but with one very important difference: the Pentatonic Major scale on the Native American flute begins in a different place. Simply choosing a different root note for your melodies can have a dramatic difference on the way a set of notes sounds.

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SNAFT Format

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Full Name: Mode Five Pentatonic Major

Other Names:

  • Ionian Five-Note

Scale steps from the root of the scale: 2-2-3-2(-3)

Sound Samples

Here's a sample of the basic scale as well as a woven scale on an E minor Native American flute:

Woven Pentatonic Major Scale

Clint Goss. E minor flute of Spalted Maple by Barry Higgins. E minor flute of Spalted Maple by Barry Higgins

Nakai Tablature and Notes

Pentatonic Major Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Six-Hole Flutes

Pentatonic Major Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Five-Hole Flutes

Pentatonic Major Scale

Woven Scale Exercise

Pentatonic Major Woven Scale

 
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