(Image credit: Future) Play through the chord and scale before attempting this Keith Richards-inspired C major pentatonic line. Big list of common triads and four note chords of the scale C Major Pentatonic. Menu. You should be able to see that the C major pentatonic scale uses all the notes from a C chord, plus a couple of extras. Scale diagrams can also be labeled with either letters or scale degrees. The Scale Shapes. Hit "Go" to see the result. Major scale There are both Pentatonic Major and Minor – the Minor is slightly more often used. Place Finger 2 on the 8th fret and you will play the C Major Scale (because the note at the 8th fret of the 6th string is the note C). The five notes of the major pentatonic scale are the root, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th intervals of the major scale (the 4th and 7th scale degrees are left out). Show me chords that sound good with a C Major Pentatonic scale. Unlike chords, scales are played one note at a time. The Pentatonic Scale is frequently used in lots of popular music styles. References: The big deal with The Major Pentatonic scale has the same visual shapes as the Minor Pentatonic so it is ESSENTIAL that you focus on where the ROOT note is. Big list of common triads and four note chords of the scale C Major Pentatonic. Unlike the major scale, which is a seven note scale, the major pentatonic scale consists of five notes (“penta” = five, “tonic” = notes). Scale notes: C, D, E, G, A MIDI file: scale_c_major_pentatonic.mid (includes scale notes and chords) Other root notes:, , , , , , , , , , , Other scales… Important: The fretboard is shown with the lowest pitch string at the bottom and the highest pitch string at the top (unless you've tuned your instrument differently.) Pentatonic Scale Theory.