C Pentatonic Major

C Pentatonic scale for guitar.
The C Pentatonic Major is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the scale notes. Darker color marks the root notes, which are C tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 8th fret.

C Pentatonic Major 2 octaves

C Pentatonic Major scale diagram

C Pentatonic Major full fretboard

C Pentatonic Major scale whole guitar neck diagram

C Pentatonic Major with note names

C Pentatonic Major scale with note letters diagram

Shape 1 (7th position)

C Pentatonic Major scale shape diagram 7th pos

Shape 5 (5th position)

C Pentatonic Major scale shape diagram 5th pos
Notes: C - D - E - G - A Intervals: 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 C
2 D
3 E
5 G
6 A

The fourth degree is omitted, as well as the seventh, since the degrees are based on the regular Major seven-note scale.

The interval formula (2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.

Notes (ascending) Interval
C-D M2
C-E M3
C-G P5
C-A M6
Notes (descending) Interval
C-A m3
C-G P4
C-E m6
C-D m7

Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.

The notes in the scale can be described as intervals, written as 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 from the first note to the first in next octave.
The C Pentatonic Major is relative to A Pentatonic Minor. Both scales include the same notes but with different root notes.

Some of the chords that are related to this scale are listed here:

  • C
  • Dm7
  • Em7
  • Gsus4
  • Am

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the C Pentatonic Major scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (F) in Dm7 and the fifth (B) in Em7 are not included in the scale.

Related to this scale is the C Pentatonic Major add4, adding the 4th degree. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 C Unison Tonic
2 D Major second Supertonic
3 E Major third Mediant
4 F Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 G Perfect fifth Dominant
6 A Sixth Submediant

The C Pentatonic Major add4 scale, is identical with the C Major except for missing the major 7th interval.

Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.

Normal tempo:
Slow tempo:

C Pentatonic Major scale first shape ascending.

C Pentatonic Major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.