Pentatonic

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Definition

Any five-note scale. In practice, the most common one is that on which much folk music is based, particularly Scottish and Celtic. The five notes could be C D E G A.

A musical example of a pentatonic melody


Examples


Listen to 'Auld Lang Syne' played on Bagpipes.


Pentatonic music used as a theme tune.


An interesting take on playing pentatonic scales – dancing up and down invisible notes.

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