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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The first pentatonic scale, C# E F#, G# and B, is outlined clearly in the descending line moving from measure one to measure two.
The minor pentatonic scale is one of the most common scale patterns used in rock music.
Polyphonic music dates back to antiquity, and it is the only kind of music in Greece that has preserved the pentatonic scale -- a musical scale with five notes per octave.
So, in a very primary way, I used the five-note pentatonic scale of Asian music and instrumentation.
"And so we discussed the connection between steps and skips on the xylophone with our solfege scale and had the students talk about our pentatonic scale, which is the standard in music for second and third graders and the diatonic scale for fourth and fifth graders, meaning the whole scale," Endicott explained.
Moreover, the winners employed only the traditional rhythms in the pentatonic scale using native percussion instruments complemented by the biula.
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As the trio of Celia, Rosalind, and Touchstone make their way into the unfamiliar but well-groomed forest and are presented with the figures of Silvius in his Japanese garb and other obvious non-Westerners, the violin enters, and Doyle shifts briefly from the Dorian mode of the pastoral to a pentatonic scale (a five-note scale, or five notes bridging the octave, e.g., C--D--E--G--A), long associated in Western music with the exotic Orient.
The tonal vocabulary of the timang in the musical transcription consists of five tones (or pitches) forming a pentatonic scale. This 5-tone scale serves as the tonal basis for the creation of all the melodic motives throughout the chant, and the first scale tone functions as the pitch center as well as the main reciting tone and the final tone of each stanza in the chant.
(In one Planet of the Apes moment, Hein plays "The Star-Spangled Banner" on a flute of vulture bones found in a cave in southern Germany; apparently, the pentatonic scale predates Pythagoras by no small measure.) Finally, in a nearly Felliniesque turn, Maurice Maurin, master perfumer, displays his technique of scouring the hillsides for caves, sniffing the leafy ground for any dull odors of the past rising from the limestone confines below.
In this example, a simple melody based on a pentatonic scale is played on the soprano xylophone above an accessible accompaniment played by alto xylophone, triangle, tambourine, and maracas respectively.
"In this piece, though, we play only on the black keys - it's a pentatonic scale - so as long as you use only black keys, there are no wrong notes.