Saxophone Minor Pentatonic Scales

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Saxophone Minor Pentatonic Scales

In this guide I want to discuss minor pentatonic scales for the saxophone.

If you were looking for just the minor scales, here is the saxophone minor scales guide. And if you were looking for just the major scales instead, here is the saxophone major scales guide.

As the name suggests, a pentatonic scale only has five notes. There are both major and minor pentatonic scales. If you were looking for major pentatonics, here is the saxophone major pentatonic scales guide.

As with all other guides in these series, we will focus in playing the scales on saxophone, specifically, how to finger the minor pentatonic scale on the saxophone.

Let’s dive right in.

All Minor Pentatonic Scales on the Saxophone

Just like these are relative major and relative minor scales, a minor pentatonic scale, if we use the relative minor, uses exactly the same notes as the relative major pentatonic scale starting on the relative minor note.

It really simple, actually, once you get the hang of it.

Simply put, every major pentatonic scale has a relative minor pentatonic scale and they have the same exact set of notes except their root is different.

Major Pentatonic ScaleRelative Minor Pentatonic Scale
D MajorB Minor
D-sharp / E-flat MajorC Minor
E MajorC-sharp Minor
F MajorD Minor
F-sharp MajorD-sharp Minor
G MajorE Minor
G-sharp / A-flat MajorF Minor
A MajorF-sharp Minor
A-sharp / B-flat MajorG Minor
B MajorG-sharp Minor
C MajorA Minor
C-sharp MajorA-sharp Minor

They are the same set of notes with the the same key signature.

Just as with the major and minor scales, you’ll see that many songs bounce back between the major pentatonic key and its relative minor pentatonic key or vice versa.

How to Find the Minor Pentatonic from a Minor Scale

The notes in a minor pentatonic scale are i, iii, iv, v and vii of the minor scale.

How to Find the Relative Minor Pentatonic from a Major Pentatonic Scale

The minor and relative major pentatonic scales have exactly the same notes but the root note of the minor pentatonic scale is always the fifth note of the relative major pentatonic scale.

This works for all major pentatonic scales.

How to Find the Relative Major Pentatonic from a Minor Pentatonic Scale

The root note of the relative major pentatonic scale is always the second note of the minor scale.

Again, this works for all minor pentatonic scales.

Here is a list of all minor pentatonic scales and their fingerings charts on saxophone:

  1. B Minor Pentatonic Scale
  2. C Minor Pentatonic Scale
  3. C-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale
  4. D Minor Pentatonic Scale
  5. D-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale
  6. E Minor Pentatonic Scale
  7. F Minor Pentatonic Scale
  8. F-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale
  9. G Minor Pentatonic Scale
  10. G-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale
  11. A Minor Pentatonic Scale
  12. A-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

Let’s get started.

The B Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of B minor pentatonic scale is D major pentatonic. This scale has one sharps—F-sharp because C-sharp is the II note on the minor scale.

The notes of B minor pentatonic are:

  1. Low B
  2. Low D
  3. E
  4. F-sharp
  5. A
  6. B

Here are the fingering charts of the B minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — Low B

The B minor pentatonic scale, Low B fingeringchart

Note iii — Low D

The B minor pentatonic scale, Low D fingeringchart

Note iv — Low E

The B minor pentatonic scale, E fingeringchart

Note v — F-sharp

There are two fingerings for F-sharp, the main (most common) fingering and the F-sharp side key alternate fingering.

The B minor pentatonic scale, f-sharp fingeringchart The B minor pentatonic scale, Alternate F-sharp fingeringchart

Note vii — A

The B minor pentatonic scale, A fingeringchart

Note i — B

The fingering for this note is similar with the Low B but with the octave key. It is an octave above Low B.

The B minor pentatonic scale, B fingeringchart

The C Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of C minor is E-flat major. This scale has two flats: E-flat and B-flat because A-flat is the vii note.

The notes of C minor pentatonic scale are:

  1. C
  2. E-flat
  3. F
  4. G
  5. B-flat
  6. C

Here are the fingering charts of the B minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — Low C

The C minor pentatonic scale, Low C fingeringchart

Note iii — E-flat

The C minor pentatonic scale, E-flat fingeringchart

Note iv — F

The C minor pentatonic scale, F fingeringchart

Note v — G

The C minor pentatonic scale, G fingeringchart

Note vii — B-flat

B-flat has a lot of options. There are three main fingerings:

The C minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart The C minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp or A-flat fingeringchart

And then, there are two alternate fingerings:

The C minor pentatonic scale, B-flat fingeringchart The C minor pentatonic scale, B-flat fingeringchart

Note i — C

This note is one an octave higher than root C note.

The C minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart

And there is one alternate fingering:

The C minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart

The C-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of C-sharp minor is E major. This scale has three sharps: C-sharp, F-sharp and G-sharp.

Here are the notes of the C-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. Low C-sharp
  2. E
  3. F-sharp
  4. G-sharp
  5. B
  6. C-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the C-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — Low C-sharp

The Low C-sharp pentatonic scale, Low C-sharp fingeringchart

Note iii — E

The E major pentatonic scale, E with octave fingeringchart

Note iv — F-sharp

F-sharp has one main fingering:

The E major pentatonic scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

And one alternate fingering:

The E major pentatonic scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

Note v — G-sharp

G-sharp has one main fingering:

The E major pentatonic scale, G-sharp fingeringchart

And three alternate fingerings:

The E major pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart The E major pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart The E major pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingeringchart

So you have a lot of options with the table keys here.

Note vii — B

The E major pentatonic scale, B fingeringchart

Note i — C-sharp

The E major pentatonic scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

The D Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of D minor is F major. This scale has no flat because B-flat is the vii note.

Here are the notes of the D minor pentatonic scale:

  1. Low D
  2. F
  3. G
  4. A
  5. C
  6. D

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — Low D

The D minor pentatonic scale, Low D fingeringchart

Note ii — F

The D minor pentatonic scale, F fingeringchart

Note iv — G

The D minor pentatonic scale, G fingeringchart

Note v — A

The D minor pentatonic scale, A fingeringchart

Note vii — C

The main fingering:

The D minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart

The alternate fingering:

The D minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart

Note viii — D

The D minor pentatonic scale, D with octave key fingeringchart

The D-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of D-sharp minor is F-sharp major. The F sharp major scale contains all 5 sharps because B is the vii note.

Here are the notes of the D-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. D-sharp
  2. F-sharp
  3. G-sharp
  4. A-sharp
  5. C-sharp
  6. D-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — D-sharp / E-flat

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, D-sharp, E-flat fingeringchart

Note iii — F-sharp

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, F-sharp fingeringchart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note iv — G-sharp

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp fingeringchart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 3 fingeringchart

Note v — A-sharp

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering 1chart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering 2chart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering 3chart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart

Note vii — C-sharp

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note i — D-sharp

The D-sharp minor pentatonic scale, D-sharp with octave key fingeringchart

The E Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of E minor is G major. This scale has no sharps because F-sharp is the ii note.

Here are the notes of the D-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. E
  2. G
  3. A
  4. B
  5. D
  6. E

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — E

The E Minor pentatonic scale, E fingeringchart

Note iii — G

The E Minor pentatonic scale, G fingeringchart

Note iv — A

The E Minor pentatonic scale, A fingeringchart

Note v — B

The E Minor pentatonic scale, B fingeringchart

Note vii — D

The E Minor pentatonic scale, D fingeringchart

Note i — E

This note is an octave higher than the root E note.

The E Minor pentatonic scale, E with octave fingeringchart

The F Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of F minor is A-flat major. This scale has three flats: A-flat, B-flat, E-flat.

Here are the notes of the F minor pentatonic scale:

  1. F
  2. A-flat
  3. B-flat
  4. C
  5. E-flat
  6. F

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — F

The F minor pentatonic scale, F fingeringchart

Note iii — A-flat

The F minor pentatonic scale, A-flat fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, A-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart

Note iv — B-flat

The F minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

Note v — C

The F minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart The F minor pentatonic scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note vii — E-flat

The F minor pentatonic scale, E-flat fingeringchart

Note i — F

This note is an octave higher than the root F note.

The F minor pentatonic scale, F fingeringchart

The F-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of F-sharp minor is A major. This scale has two sharps: C-sharp and F-sharp.

Here are the notes of the F-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. F-sharp
  2. A
  3. B
  4. C-sharp
  5. E
  6. F-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the D Minor minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — F-sharp

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

And there is one alternate fingering:

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, F-sharp alternate fingeringchart

Note iii — A

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A fingeringchart

Note iv — B

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, B fingeringchart

Note v — C-sharp

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note vii — E

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, E fingeringchart

Note i — F-sharp

This note is an octave higher than the root F-sharp note.

The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The F-sharp minor pentatonic scale, F-sharp fingeringchart

The G Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of G minor is B-flat major. This scale has one flat because E-flat is the vi note.

Here are the notes of the G minor pentatonic scale:

  1. G
  2. B-flat
  3. C
  4. D
  5. F
  6. G

Here are the fingering charts of the G minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — G

The G minor pentatonic scale, G fingeringchart

Note iii — B-flat

The G minor pentatonic scale, B-flat fingering 1chart The G minor pentatonic scale, B-flat fingering 2chart The G minor pentatonic scale, B-flat fingering 3chart The G minor pentatonic scale, B-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart The G minor pentatonic scale, B-flat alternate 1 fingeringchart

Note iv — C

The G minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart The G minor pentatonic scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note v — D

The G minor pentatonic scale, D fingeringchart

Note vii — F

The G minor pentatonic scale, F fingeringchart

Note i — G

This note is an octave higher than the root G note.

The G minor pentatonic scale, G with octave key fingeringchart

The G-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of G-sharp minor is B major. This scale has four sharps: G-sharp, C-sharp, D-sharp and F-sharp because A-sharp is the ii note.

Here are the notes of the G-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. G-sharp
  2. B
  3. C-sharp
  4. D-sharp
  5. F-sharp
  6. G-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the G-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — G-sharp

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp fingeringchart

And there are three alternate fingerings:

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 1 fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 2 fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate 3 fingeringchart

Note iii — B

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

Note iv — C-sharp

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

Note v — D-sharp

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

Note vii — F-sharp

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

Note i — G-sharp

This note is an octave higher than the root G-sharp note.

The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart The G-sharp minor pentatonic scale, fingeringchart

The A Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of A minor is C major. This scale has no flat or sharp.

Here are the notes of the A minor pentatonic scale:

  1. A
  2. C
  3. D
  4. E
  5. G
  6. A

Here are the fingering charts of the A minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — A

The A minor pentatonic scale, A fingeringchart

Note iii — C

The A minor pentatonic scale, C fingeringchart The A minor pentatonic scale, C alternate fingeringchart

Note iv — D

The A minor pentatonic scale, D fingeringchart

Note v — E

The A minor pentatonic scale, E fingeringchart

Note vii — G

The A minor pentatonic scale, G fingeringchart

Note i — A

The A minor pentatonic scale, A with octave fingeringchart

The A-sharp Minor Pentatonic Scale

The relative major of A-sharp minor is C-sharp major. All the notes in this scale are sharps.

Here are the notes of the A-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

  1. A-sharp
  2. C-sharp
  3. D-sharp
  4. E-sharp
  5. G-sharp
  6. A-sharp

Here are the fingering charts of the A-sharp minor pentatonic scale:

Note i — A-sharp / B-flat

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart3 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart2

Note iii — C-sharp

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, C-sharp fingeringchart

Note iv — D-sharp

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, D-sharp fingeringchart

Note v — E-sharp

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, E-sharp fingeringchart

Note vii — G-sharp

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp fingeringchart The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, G-sharp alternate fingering chart3

Note i — A-sharp

The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart2 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp fingering chart3 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart1 The A-sharp minor pentatonic scale, A-sharp alternate fingering chart2

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