Pentatonic Scales. Do You Really Know Them?

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  • 1. 

    How many notes are there in a pentatonic scale?

    • A.

      4

    • B.

      5

    • C.

      6

    • D.

      7

    • E.

      8

    Correct Answer
    B. 5
    Explanation
    A pentatonic scale is a musical scale with five notes per octave. Therefore, the correct answer is 5.

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  • 2. 

    Which is the C major pentatonic?

    • A.

      CDEFG

    • B.

      CDEGB

    • C.

      CDFGA

    • D.

      CDEAB

    • E.

      CDEGA

    Correct Answer
    E. CDEGA
    Explanation
    The C major pentatonic scale consists of the notes C, D, E, G, and A. Among the given options, only the last option CDEGA contains these notes. Therefore, CDEGA is the correct answer for the C major pentatonic scale.

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  • 3. 

    Which is the relative minor pentatonic of the F major pentatonic?

    • A.

      G A Bb C Eb

    • B.

      G A C D E

    • C.

      E F A B C

    • D.

      D F G A C

    • E.

      D E F A C

    Correct Answer
    D. D F G A C
    Explanation
    The relative minor of F major is D minor. The D minor pentatonic scale consists of the notes D, F, G, A, and C. Therefore, the correct answer is D F G A C.

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  • 4. 

    The major pentatonic can be formed by stacking __________ over the root of said scale

    • A.

      Perfects 5ths

    • B.

      Major 3rds

    • C.

      Major 2nds

    • D.

      Major 7ths

    • E.

      Perfect 4ths

    Correct Answer
    A. Perfects 5ths
    Explanation
    The major pentatonic scale is formed by stacking perfect 5ths over the root of the scale. In music theory, a perfect 5th is an interval consisting of seven half steps or semitones. By stacking perfect 5ths, we can create a series of notes that make up the major pentatonic scale. This scale is commonly used in various musical genres and is known for its pleasing and harmonious sound. Therefore, the correct answer is perfect 5ths.

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  • 5. 

    The major pentatonic is :

    • A.

      Do Re Mi Fa La

    • B.

      Do Mi Fa Sol La

    • C.

      Do Re Mi Fa Sol

    • D.

      Do Mi Sol La Ti

    • E.

      Do Re Mi Sol La

    Correct Answer
    E. Do Re Mi Sol La
    Explanation
    The major pentatonic scale consists of five notes and is commonly used in many musical styles. In this case, the correct answer is "Do Re Mi Sol La" because it follows the pattern of the major pentatonic scale, which includes the tonic (Do), the major second (Re), the major third (Mi), the perfect fifth (Sol), and the major sixth (La). This combination of notes creates a harmonious and pleasant sound when played together.

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  • 6. 

    The degrees of the minor pentatonic are:

    • A.

      1 b3 4 5 b7

    • B.

      1 2 4 5 6

    • C.

      1 b3 4 6 b7

    • D.

      1b3 5 6 7

    • E.

      1 b3 4 5 6

    Correct Answer
    A. 1 b3 4 5 b7
    Explanation
    A C D E G = 1 b3 4 5 b7

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  • 7. 

    How many triads can be created using the pentatonic as a source scale?

    • A.

      1

    • B.

      2

    • C.

      3

    • D.

      4

    • E.

      5

    Correct Answer
    B. 2
    Explanation
    C D E G A => triads: CEG ACE

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  • 8. 

    The pentatonic scale has no ____________

    • A.

      Tritones

    • B.

      Augmented intervals

    • C.

      Minor seconds

    • D.

      Major 7ths

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The pentatonic scale is a musical scale that consists of five notes per octave. It is known for its simplicity and lack of dissonant intervals. The tritone, augmented intervals, minor seconds, and major 7ths are all considered dissonant and are not present in the pentatonic scale. Therefore, the correct answer is "all of the above".

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  • 9. 

    Which pentatonic fits better over a Bb6maj79 ?

    • A.

      G major pentatonic

    • B.

      E minor pentatonic

    • C.

      C minor pentatonic

    • D.

      D minor pentatonic

    • E.

      Eb major pentatonic

    Correct Answer
    D. D minor pentatonic
    Explanation
    The D minor pentatonic scale fits better over a Bb6maj79 chord because the D minor pentatonic scale contains the notes D, F, G, A, and C, which are all present in the Bb6maj79 chord. This creates a harmonious and melodic sound when played over the chord. The other pentatonic scales listed do not contain all of the necessary notes to create a cohesive sound when played over the Bb6maj79 chord.

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  • 10. 

    A minor pentatonic starting on the _____ degree is the best match for a 7sus4 chord

    • A.

      7th

    • B.

      3rd

    • C.

      4th

    • D.

      5th

    • E.

      6th

    Correct Answer
    D. 5th
    Explanation
    A minor pentatonic scale starting on the 5th degree is the best match for a 7sus4 chord because the 5th degree of the chord is the note that gives it its characteristic sound. The 7sus4 chord consists of the root, 4th, 5th, and 7th degrees of the major scale, so starting the minor pentatonic scale on the 5th degree ensures that all the important chord tones are included. This creates a harmonically pleasing and musically appropriate match between the scale and the chord.

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  • 11. 

    A major pentatonic starting on the _____ degree is the best match for a 7sus4 chord

    • A.

      B7th

    • B.

      B6th

    • C.

      5th

    • D.

      2nd

    • E.

      1st

    Correct Answer
    A. B7th
    Explanation
    A major pentatonic starting on the b7th degree is the best match for a 7sus4 chord. The b7th degree is the flattened seventh note in the scale, which creates a bluesy sound when played over a 7sus4 chord. This combination of the major pentatonic scale and the 7sus4 chord creates a harmonically pleasing and melodic sound.

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  • 12. 

    What major pentatonic gives you the best altered sound on a dominant chord

    • A.

      BII

    • B.

      BV

    • C.

      III

    • D.

      IV

    • E.

      VII

    Correct Answer
    B. BV
    Explanation
    bV major pentatonic gives you: b9 #9 b5 b7 #11

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  • 13. 

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    Correct Answer
    Do
    Explanation
    Eb is Do

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