Once you can identify the chord root shapes – like constellations – associate those chord roots with the major pentatonic roots. You should be able to see:

  • The chord and scale shape share the same root shape
  • The chord embedded in the major pentatonic scale

Pattern 1 (C-form roots)

Major Pentatonic 5-4

Pattern 2 (A-form roots)

Major Pentatonic 5-2

Pattern 3 (G-form roots)

Major Pentatonic 6-4

Pattern 4 (E-form roots)

Major Pentatonic 6-2

Pattern 5 (D-form roots)

Major Pentatonic 4-1

E Major Pentatonic

  1. Play an E chord for one bar
  2. Play the associated E major pentatonic scale for three bars

Cycle of 4ths from C

C | F | Bb | Eb
Ab | Db | F# | B
E | A | D | G | C