Asked • 06/17/19

Do the notes in a scale have to be played in order?

Beginner here, it seems like a scale just defines a particular set of notes that don't have to be played in any order to me. But if you look at A minor pentatonic scale you have A, C, D, E, G, yet with the same notes you get C major pentatonic with C, D, E, G, A. If they are not supposed to be played in order, how would you differentiate the two scales at all? Or does the order matter? And if you play a scale such as A minor above, can you mix in a note outside of that scale, or does that create a new scale from that point? Like if you played A, C, D, Db, E, F, G, is that just A minor with extra notes or would that be considered an entirely new scale?

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