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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Introducing the Pentatonic Scale

One such scale system is the pentatonic scale. The most distinctive feature of this scale is that, as its name suggests, it has only five notes as opposed to the seven notes of the major/minor scales. You will benefit greatly from learning about this scale. The pentatonic scale is a truly global musical scale that, in one form or another, has been used all over the world in various forms. It has been used in:

  • Folk music of Celtic peoples

  • Afro-American music, particularly spirituals

  • Blues, pop, and jazz improvisation

  • Modern dance music

  • Healing music (new age)

  • Modern ambient styles

  • Rock and progressive rock music

  • Children’s nursery rhymes

  • Traditional Japanese and Chinese music

  • Eastern Asian music

  • Modern classical music

  • Eastern ...

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