About Pentascales: The Musicality Podcast

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What is a pentascale and how can learning this scale improve your musicality? https://www.musical-u.com/learn/about-pentascales/

The pentascale (not to be confused with its cousin, the pentatonic scale) is an excellent starting point for piano improvisation. Learn why it’s an incredible tool for beginners, and how the constraint of using only five notes can inspire creativity in your playing.

First things first: What is a “pentascale”?

You’re probably familiar with the idea of a scale in music. It’s a set of notes arranged in pitch order, ascending or descending. The most well-known kinds are major scales and minor scales – but there are many more beyond those. Scales are closely related to the key of a piece of music, the set of notes used for its melody and harmony. And they can provide us with an insight into how music is constructed and how the melody and harmony relate to each other.

A pentascale is a type of 5-note scale. The name gives it away, with “penta” meaning “five”. It’s actually just the first five notes of the regular major scale. So if we take C Major as an example, the major scale runs C, D, E, F, G, A, B, and C again.


Links and Resources:

Interview with Sara Campbell: http://musicalitypodcast.com/14

Improvisational Freedom Through Constraints: https://www.musical-u.com/learn/improvisational-freedom-through-constraints/

Pentatonic scales (different from pentascales!): https://www.musical-u.com/learn/five-notes-will-change-your-life-pentatonic-scales/


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