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Pentatonic Minor

The Pentatonic Minor Scale is the primary scale on the Native American flute.

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SNAFT Format

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Full Name: Mode One Pentatonic Minor

Other Names:

  • Aeolian Five-Note

Scale steps: 3-2-2-3-2

Sound Samples

Here's a sample of the basic scale as well as a woven scale on an E minor Native American flute:

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Nakai Tablature and Notes

Pentatonic Minor Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Six-Hole Flutes

Pentatonic Minor Scale

Possible Alternate Fingerings on Five-Hole Flutes

Pentatonic Minor Scale

Woven Scale Exercise

Pentatonic Minor Scale Ladder

 
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