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#1506176 - 08/30/10 07:45 PM fingering for pentatonic scales??
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What's the recommending fingering for both hands on the pentatonic C major scale (I-II-III-V-VI) for multiple octaves?

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#1506521 - 08/31/10 09:48 AM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: MrHazelton]
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I don't know of any standard fingering for this, so it's up to you as to what's most comfortable and what minimizes crossing under/over.
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#1506659 - 08/31/10 02:40 PM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: Morodiene]
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Thanks Morodiene. That's the impression I was getting as I tried to search for an answer. I didn't want to decide on one fingering technique, practice it, and then find out that it wasn't correct. Thanks again.

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#1506775 - 08/31/10 07:02 PM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: MrHazelton]
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The reason is: There's no such thing as playing pentatonics as a scale. True pentatonic playing is based on intervallic playing. You're all over the keyboard in multiple registers. For example if you do quartal intervals (fourths) you will reach all the pentatonic notes. If you go back in fifths you'd do the same thing.

What was never clear when I saw this post was the purpose. No one who improvises would be doing pentatonic scale runs. It would sound pretty mechanical.

When you play pentatonics in the black keys, your thumb will be all over the place too.
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#1506954 - 08/31/10 11:49 PM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: jazzwee]
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Actually, you can also go forward in 5ths and backwards in 4ths and still get the notes to make a pentatonic scale.

You can go forward in 4ths or 5ths, or backward in 4ths or 5ths and you will reach every note on the keyboard of course, and the 1st 5 notes in each sequence will be the notes required to form a pentatonic scale.

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#1506970 - 09/01/10 12:19 AM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: RonO]
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Originally Posted By: RonO
Actually, you can also go forward in 5ths and backwards in 4ths and still get the notes to make a pentatonic scale.

You can go forward in 4ths or 5ths, or backward in 4ths or 5ths and you will reach every note on the keyboard of course, and the 1st 5 notes in each sequence will be the notes required to form a pentatonic scale.

Ron


That's absolutely right Ron. I was just thinking from a specific root position as 1. Because obviously going fifths forward has a different root note.

I tend to look at pentatonic playing as a shape. But a spread out one, at least across two octaves (hard to visualize beyond that).
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#1507756 - 09/02/10 12:22 PM Re: fingering for pentatonic scales?? [Re: jazzwee]
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Thank you for your response. I just started learning about the pentatonic scales from an at home course. My classical lessons do not touch this subject. The home course didn't really explain the reasoning you just gave me very well. Thanks again.

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