Asked • 04/23/19

Can someone please tell me why there are 5 different patterns to Penatonic scales?

I mean if you can move them, why do you need more than one? All are movable up and down the fretboard? Right? So why does each need 5 patterns and how do you know which one to use? This has really been bothering me as I try to lean each pattern for Major, Minor, Blues, country & etc. That's a lot to memorize. Thanks for your answer. Nick

Lucas V.

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Do you mean in a straight-forward sense - like, the patterns correspond to the same notes within that respective pentatonic scale (I, II, III, V, VI) such that the different patterns are just the way to play the same notes within that respective key along the entire length of the fret-board? Because, for ex., a pentatonic pattern on the 5th-fret is in Am, but if you played that same pattern on the 12th-fret you would be in Em. Or are you referring to complex music theory like why are there different modes of a scale?
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04/25/19

Lucas V.

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Here is kind-of an example: https://youtu.be/BTJOjSehWDk
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