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Cello Lessons: C Minor Pentatonic - Scale

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Now we need to learn
the pentatonic scale in C minor.
We learned it in D minor,
awhile ago in Cluck Old Hen.
So you may remember that it's the million
dollar scale that's gonna sound great in
a lot of blues, and rock, and pop music.
Let's find the notes for it.
Do you remember the scale degrees for
pentatonic minor?
[SOUND] Remember,
there's only five notes, so
we're leaving out a couple scale degrees.
In pentatonic minor, we have
the roots [SOUND] we have flat three.
[SOUND] We have four, [SOUND] five,
flat seven, and the root again.
Let's play that together in the bottom
Ready, and
in the upper octave,
we're gonna use fourth
finger for the route,
stretch back for
first finger.
Second finger and fourth finger,
we've got the extension then we stay
in that extension for B flat and C.
The key notes that we're leaving
out are coincidentally
both of our open strings.
So you don't wanna play a D or
an A in C pentatonic minor.
Let's play through the scale,
two octaves up and down,
together, with the drone and
the metronome.
Let's play it in quarter notes.
Two, three, go.
You can practice the scale with
the metronome and drone at whole notes,
half notes, quarters, and
eighth notes, of course.
And I wanna tell you one more note that
we can throw in here, the blue notes.
If we take the C minor
pentatonic scale and
we add a flat five to it,
we're gonna get a really bluesy sound.
In C minor,
that flat five
is a G flat or
an F Sharp.
You can think of it either way, but
we're gonna have the fourth scale degree,
and the sharp four or
flat five scale degree.
Because there's a whole
set between four and five,
sharp four is actually
the same note as flat five.
So on the C string we would need
to do our little half step shift
to have a high four.
then we finish the scale on the D string,
it's a little easier.
We're gonna play one, and
then we're gonna use second finger,
third finger, and fourth finger.
You can practice this blue version
of the pentatonic scale as well.
But I would actually recommend practicing
them separately, because that blue note is
a very special quality and you don't
wanna have to rely on it too much.
I'll talk to you more about that in
the next lesson which is about C minor
pentatonic improvisation.