The Pentatonic Scale is so important that I would take no risk at saying that it is the most important scale behind the Diatonic Scale. It it used throughout all music – whether pop, rock, blues, folk, jazz, classical or any other genre. While derived from the Diatonic, the Pentatonic Scale has its own sound and feel that make us all enjoy its components and their relationship to each other. The intervals are easy to recognize and are common to all people whether musicians or not.
In the video below, Bobby McFerrin (singer and author of “Don’t Worry Be Happy”; 1988) illustrates just how common it is for any person to recognize the intervals and patterns of the Pentatonic Scale. In my guitar lessons I teach how one can use the Pentatonic Scale to create one’s own melodies and improvise over established harmonies. It doesn’t take much work to understand how the Pentatonic Scale can be applied to just about any song and see how it will help work out the solos of professional recording artists, whose hits we hear every day.
Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.
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