Pentatonic scales are scales made up of five notes (from the Greek pente: five). These scales have been used extensively 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 made up of five notes can theoretically be called pentatonic, the following are the most common forms:

Major Pentatonic:

Pentatonic Major

Minor Pentatonic:

Pentatonic Minor

See S > Scales for related entries

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