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The Major Pentatonic Scale

The major pentatonic scale is a 5-note scale with a simple and beautiful sound. It is widely used around the world in folk, traditional and popular styles of music. The songs in this scale are a great place for beginners to start their singing journey. This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of this scale, and you will also learn to sing some songs.

Course contents

Introduction to the Major Pentatonic Scale

What is the Major Pentatonic Scale?

Listen to the Major Pentatonic Scale

Let’s sing the scale up and down

Ascending and descending melodies

Sing with three notes

Exercise: do re mi

This song’s chorus uses only do re mi!

Sing the chorus of What Makes You Beautiful

Sing with five notes

A Universal Scale?

Exercise: mi so la

Exercise: do re mi so la

Sing a song: Amazing Grace

Get inspired with Il Divo - Amazing Grace

Step 1: Sing Amazing Grace using Solfège

Bruno Mars on the importance of practice

Step 2: Sing Amazing Grace with lyrics

Level up your solfège

Exercise: Level up your solfège singing

Keeping consonants short while singing

Vowels are important for singing!

Exercise: Singing repeated notes

Sing a song: Auld Lang Syne

Listen to a performance of Auld Lang Syne

Step 1: Sing Auld Lang Syne using solfège

Step 2: Sing Auld Lang Syne with lyrics


Wrapping up: Sing the scale one last time

You have completed the course!

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