Did You know there are 6 Pentatonic scales in every Major (Ionian) Scale? Let’s use C Major Ionian as our example since it consist of all natural notes, C D E F G A B C.
In C Major we find (3) Major Pentatonic scales:
- C Major Pentatonic = C D E G A
- A minor Pentatonic = A C D E G
- F Major Pentatonic = F G A C D
- D minor Pentatonic = D F G A C
- G Major Pentatonic = G A B D E
- E minor Pentatonic = E G A B D
Play C Maj/Amin Pentatonic over a C Maj and an A min chord. Now try playing them over F Major, Dmin, G7.
Play G Maj/Emin over the same chords, C, Ami, F, Dmi, G7, and listen how the notes sound over the chords compared to the previous scales. Also play G and Emin scale over a C, Amin, G, G7 & Emin.
F Maj/ Dmin pentatonic sound best over the F, Dmin and G7 Chord. Because of the note, F, this scale rubs against the C maj and A min chords.