Pentatonic scales are scales formed of five notes (from the Greek pente: five). These scales have been very much used in the folk music of various countries. More recently, composers such as Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel have used them in their music.

Although any scale formed of five notes may theoretically be called pentatonic, the most common forms are the following:

Pentatonic Major:

Pentatonic Major

Pentatonic Minor:

Pentatonic Minor

See S > Scales for related entries


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