pentatonic scale

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pentatonic scale

(ˌpɛntəˈtɒnɪk)
n
(Classical Music) music any of several scales consisting of five notes, the most commonly encountered one being composed of the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth degrees of the major diatonic scale
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pen′ta•ton′ic scale′

(ˈpɛn təˈtɒn ɪk, ˌpɛn-)
n.
a musical scale of five tones.
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Noun1.pentatonic scale - a gapped scale with five notes; usually the fourth and seventh notes of the diatonic scale are omitted
gapped scale - a musical scale with fewer than seven notes
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In Western music, including jazz, the minor pentatonic represented in Weston's solo C# E F# G# and B is quite common; in fact, it could be said that the majority of pentatonic improvisation focuses on this form of the anhemitonic pentatonic scale.
The Romanian songs in the county of Bihor caught his attention in the first place, because of their age and the authenticity of their composition: the anhemitonic pentatonic scales, ambit, ornamentation, versification, etc.
Two of these are "Rats Away!" from Our Hunting Fathers, which contains a heterophonic treatment of the five-note "motto" of the work, and the vocal line of the first of the Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo, which uses the anhemitonic pentatonic scale.