Pentatonic Major Scales

Today's lesson focuses on the 5 major pentatonic scale forms. These forms are the main scales used in rock, blues, metalĂ‚  and country music, so it is essential that you learn them thoroughly.

We will be using these scale forms in the coming lessons along with the Understanding Keys Lesson material to form a complete picture of Pentatonics in every key all over the guitar neck.

Try to follow the picking indication from the video for now and don't forget the PDf download for the lesson as well.

Major Pentatonic Scale Forms PDF

The next lesson will focus on alternate picking exercises using the Pentatonic Scale Forms. Stay tuned!!

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Pentatonic Major Scales


  1. GEORG P WEYAND on August 14, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    Carl, you are the greatest! Thanks for showing us this wonderful riff. As promised ( I have to put my money where my mouth is) I will make an extra donation to your great cause. (For this riff and Classical gas).
    Keep up the good work.

  2. GEORG P WEYAND on August 14, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    Donation made and sent

    • Carl Brown on August 15, 2014 at 7:56 am

      Awesome Georg, I really appreciate the support! Hope to have the full song up very soon! 🙂


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    • Carl Brown on January 30, 2015 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks a bunch for the support Malcolm! Glad to have you here!


  4. J.Francois bonet darcy on August 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Carl……your guitar playing is superb and you are a great teacher. Just a simple question…… you’re using a pick in these demonstrations but if I wanted to remain strickly fingerstyle with these scales, would I use thumb and middle finger to execute the scales?


  5. Peter Dorzhinov on April 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    Hi Carl,
    Thank you so much for the lessons!
    I’ve found out that there is no 4th position in the pdf file, there only root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th. Has the 4th positions been intentionally omitted or it’s just a typo?

    • Carl Brown on April 19, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Peter, the names on the scale forms are based on that note’s position within a major key.

      A major pentatonic scale is a major scale without the 4th or 7th scale degree. That is why you won’t see a major pentatonic built from the 4th or 7th scale degree.

      Make sense?


      • Peter Dorzhinov on April 19, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Yes, I got it! I appreciate you answer!

  6. Collin Skyers on November 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Hi Carl. Will you be doing something on Minor pentatonic visualisation similar to the Major you already have ?

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